Neurosurgeon Paul Hartzfeld, MD, Joins Western Reserve Hospital Physicians, Inc.

With common neurological disorders more prevalent among a growing and aging population and the demand for neurosurgeons driven by patient need, the number of practicing neurosurgeons is considered insufficient to meet the growing patient demand.

According to the American Board of...

World Class Epilepsy Care Now at Cleveland Clinic Akron General

An Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Cleveland Clinic Akron General opened last year. Shown here are team members Camille Goldberg, RN, and Gregory Bilowsky, RN, CNRN.

Epilepsy can be a “hidden” health problem. First, it is difficult and often slow to diagnose since many other...

Advances in Treatment for Complex Epilepsy Cases: The Benefits of Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) with Robotic Neurosurgical Assistant (ROSA®)

Epilepsy is a common neurological problem which presents unique challenges in both diagnosis and treatment, particularly for young patients. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, the average incidence of epilepsy in the U.S. is around 150,000 each year. The incidence is higher among...

Laser Interstitial Thermotherapy (LITT) with ‘Mini’ Craniotomy: An Option for ‘Inoperable’ Brain Tumors

A new paper in the October issue of the journal Neurosurgical Focus finds the use of laser beneficial for the removal of large, “inoperable” glioblastoma (GBM) and other types of brain tumors. The paper is authored by Andrew Sloan, MD, and his colleagues from University Hospitals Cleveland...

Caring for Patients with TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in Americans aged 1 to 44. Most often resulting from falls at home, work or play, TBI accounts for 52,000 deaths each year. It also accounts for at least 5.3 million people (2 percent of the US population) currently living with disabilities.

Reducing Blood Loss during Infant Craniosynostosis Correction

When performing craniosynostosis correction on infants, blood loss is a critical consideration. Worldwide, the National Institutes of Health estimates one in 2,000 to 2,500 live births are affected by craniosynostosis each year. Left untreated, the condition can lead to developmental concerns and permanent skull deformation.

DBS: New, Improved and Now Available at Akron General

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a well-established treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Minimally invasive, the procedure involves implantation of electrodes in the brain, with input from the patient who is awake throughout the surgery. Now, with an advanced neuro-intervention system, patient input is no longer required. So the patient can ‘sleep’ through the entire procedure.