Getting Back to Life After Your Brain Tumor Surgery

Getting Back to Life After Your Brain Tumor Surgery

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Brain tumor surgery temporarily alters the course of a person’s life. Not only is it necessary to plan for the time spent at the hospital, but it’s also a good idea to plan for the time spent recovering as you start the journey to resume a normal life. Life after brain tumor surgery is different […]

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CSF Leak

CSF Leak: When It’s More Than Just Seasonal Allergies

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Some people experience allergies all year long while others only suffer during specific seasons, such as spring and early summer, a.k.a. “the pollen season.” Allergies are often accompanied by a runny nose, nasal congestion, headaches, and other symptoms. But what if these symptoms persist, even if medications are taken to relieve them? What Is A […]

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Neurosurgery for Children With Hydrocephalus

Neurosurgery for Children With Hydrocephalus

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Learning your infant or child has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus can be a very emotional and overwhelming experience. Neurosurgery offers treatments that are proven effective in the treatment of hydrocephalus, diverting the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to avoid build-up in the brain. What is Hydrocephalus Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excess CSF (cerebrospinal […]

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Microdiscectomy for Sciatica

Microdiscectomy for Sciatica

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Your doctor may have recommended you see a neurosurgeon for surgical treatment of your sciatica. Microdiscectomy is considered a reliable surgery for relief from the symptoms of sciatica. The surgical procedure involves the removal of a small part of a vertebral disc that may be compressing a nerve root. What is Sciatica Sciatica is a […]

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The Role of Neurosurgery In The Treatment of Brain Tumors

The Role of Neurosurgery In The Treatment of Brain Tumors

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The exact cause of a brain tumor is unclear for most patients. It forms when a group of cells in the brain display odd growth patterns and eventually develop into an abnormal mass of cells. This irregular growth of cells in the brain hinders the normal role of the central nervous system, making treatment to […]

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Hudson Valley Neurosurgeon Receives Award for Medical Excellence

Hudson Valley Neurosurgeon Receives Award for Medical Excellence

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Hudson Valley Brain & Spine Surgery neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheim was honored by Good Samaritan Hospital as this year’s recipient of the Sister Josep Rita Award for Medical Excellence. “It is a huge honor to be recognized by the high-quality physicians that I have had the privilege of working with for so many years,” said […]

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Why You Should Choose a Board-Certified Neurosurgeon for Spine Surgery

Why You Should Choose a Board-Certified Neurosurgeon for Spine Surgery

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Many doctors claim to be “spine specialists” or “spine surgeons”, but no one is more qualified to perform spinal surgery than a board-certified neurosurgeon. If you have been recommended to undergo spinal surgery by an orthopedist or a non-board certified neurosurgeon, you should seriously consider getting another opinion with a board-certified neurosurgeon. How Board-Certified Neurosurgeons […]

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Treating Hydrocephalus in Adults

Treating Hydrocephalus in Adults

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Hydrocephalus is a condition that primarily impacts infants and adults over the age of 60. The term “hydrocephalus” is derived from two Greek words: “hydro” meaning water and “cephalus” meaning head. The condition is often referred to as “water on the brain”, but hydrocephalus is actually caused by a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). […]

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When to Consult a Neurosurgeon for Your Neck Pain

When to Consult a Neurosurgeon for Your Neck Pain

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If you’re experiencing chronic or severe neck pain, it’s not always clear when it makes sense to consult with a neurosurgeon. Neck pain can be caused by a wide range of different conditions that all require different levels of care, including degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spinal stenosis, cervical radiculopathy, or cervical spondylosis, among many other […]

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When to Seek a Second Opinion Before Spinal Surgery

When to Seek a Second Opinion Before Spinal Surgery

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While it’s great to have a doctor that you trust, second opinions are never a bad idea. But, they are especially valuable in certain situations, and there are a few signs that a second opinion should be sought out immediately. 3 Signs You Should Get a Second Opinion on Spinal Surgery First, if you’re uncomfortable […]

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Lumbar Disc Herniation: Understanding the Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery Time

Lumbar Disc Herniation: Understanding the Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery Time

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A lumbar disc herniation occurs when the protective casing enclosing the disc tears and the gelatinous substances of the disc spill out into the spinal canal. Herniated lumbar discs occur in the lower back, as opposed to cervical disc herniations, which occur in the neck. The discs of the spine act as shock absorbers in […]

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Sciatica Pain Management Options and Treatment

Sciatica Pain Management Options and Treatment

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Sciatica is a common condition affecting the sciatic nerve – the nerve extending from the lower back down to the bottom of each leg. As many as 4 out of every 10 people will experience sciatica at some point in their lives, according to WebMD. While sciatica is common, it is painful. Fortunately, there are […]

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Brain Tumors: Risk Factors, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Brain Tumors: Risk Factors, Symptoms and Treatment Options

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A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells in the brain tissue. Brain tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and can form in the brain or form in other parts of the body and spread to the brain. Because there are many different types of brain tumors, and even the same types […]

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What to Expect After Microdecompression Surgery

Microdiscectomy: What to Expect After Microdecompression Surgery

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A microdiscectomy is a type of minimally invasive surgery performed on patients with a herniated spinal disc. In the past, spinal surgery required large incisions, long recovery periods and lots of pain for the patient, but microdiscectomies have changed all of that. The key component of a microdiscectomy is the use of an operating microscope. […]

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Glioblastoma Causes & Treatments: Understanding Glioblastoma Brain Tumors

Glioblastoma Causes & Treatments: Understanding Glioblastoma Brain Tumors

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Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme, is an aggressive type of brain cancer. They can occur at any age, but glioblastomas are typically found in older adults. Typically, glioblastomas can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and seizures. Glioblastomas develop from cells called astrocytes – the glial cells of the central nervous system. Once glioblastomas are […]

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the Hudson Valley Brain & Spine Surgery

Welcome to the Hudson Valley Brain & Spine Surgery Blog!

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When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a back, neck or brain condition that requires surgery, it can be scary. Although your neurosurgeon is the best source for accurate information about your specific condition, we understand that sometimes you’re just looking for some basic insight and understanding to help you through your journey. That’s what the Hudson Valley Brain & Spine Surgery blog is all about.

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