NeuroSafe 2019 Call for Abstracts: Opportunity to Share How You’re Improving the Practice of Neurosurgery

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January 14, 2019

The University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery is hosting NeuroSafe 2019, the fourth annual symposium about improving the quality and safety of the practice of neurosurgery. It will be held August 8–9, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus in Minneapolis and attracts neurosurgeons, residents, nursing staff, and quality professionals from throughout North America.

Innovative laser ablation procedure enables German patient to beat deadly glioblastoma

Steffen Rhode
January 7, 2019

In 2016, Braunschweig, Germany, resident Steffen Rhode went to an eye doctor because he was having trouble with the vision in his left eye. When the prescribed glasses didn’t help, he went to another ophthalmologist who told Steffen he thought the problem was his brain, not his eye, and referred him to a neurologist. That was when Steffen had his first MRI. The image showed something in his brain, but the doctor wasn’t sure what it was.

U of M surgical team removes tumor, reconstructs spine, and helps relieve debilitating pain for young patient

Cassidy Clifton during her hospital stay
January 4, 2019

In the spring of 2018, Cassidy Clifton, a dynamic, personable 18-year-old resident of New Rockford, ND, began experiencing severe pain in her lower back. “I was in the most pain I’d ever had in my entire life,” she said. “I lost feeling in my thigh, hips, and other places. I was in constant pain … it never, ever stopped.” Her local doctor took an MRI and discovered that Cassidy had a large aneurysmal bone cyst in the lower area of her spine.

Unique national course held at the U of M teaches neurosurgery residents the demanding skills of microsurgery

Microsurgery course instructors Mario Zuccarello and Ondrej Choutka
January 3, 2019

Imagine performing a surgical exercise under a microscope using sutures as thin as a human hair. That was just one of the skills taught during the first-ever microsurgery course held recently in the U of M’s Neuroanatomy Lab.

The “votes” are in: top 10 Neurosurgery Department stories of 2018

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December 30, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery uses social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to share information with our followers. Looking back over 2018, it turns out those followers were interested in a wide range of topics, including the department’s cutting-edge research, our patients’ stories, and how our physicians are viewed in the community.

The following ten stories garnered the most interest (based on number of likes, shares, and interactions):

You still have time — for a year-end donation

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December 30, 2018
The Department of Neurosurgery is committed to offering outstanding neurosurgical patient care, excellent neurosurgical education, and groundbreaking research into some of the most difficult problems facing neurosurgical patients today - but we can't do this without the support of donors like you.

Department adds new telestroke provider and nursing staff in the neurosurgery clinic

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December 10, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery recently welcomed three new nursing staff members — Kate Bard, Ann Messer and Morgan James. Bard is completely new to M Health; however, Messer and James built several months of experience on a contract basis before being officially hired.

Surgical procedure releases U of M patient from years of living with debilitating pain

Cindy Jacobson
November 26, 2018

For 18 years, Monticello, MN, resident Cindy Jacobson lived with trigeminal neuralgia – a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain. In one sense, Cindy was fortunate. When she went to see her doctor in 1995 for “twinges” around her nose that had gotten worse and worse, he told her right away that it was trigeminal neuralgia, which affects more women than men. “He immediately put me on Tegretol [an anticonvulsant that treats nerve pain],” she said. Many patients who find themselves in the same situation as Cindy are often thought to have dental problems; some even have unnecessary dental work done before the problem is accurately diagnosed and treated.

Patient learns to be grateful for her ruptured aneurysm and for the U of M care team who helped her survive it

Aneurysm Patient Laura Walz
November 7, 2018

On November 4, 2013, Laura Walz was managing a clothing store in Edina, MN, when her brain “blew up.” She had just made the morning run to the bank and was returning to the store. “Suddenly, I got warm, broke out in a sweat and became disoriented,” Laura said. “I actually didn’t know where I was.” She had enough presence of mind to call the store and discovered to her dismay that she was standing right in front of it. A colleague took Laura to a changing room and asked her if she should call 911. Laura’s immediate response was “no,” but her colleague called anyway. Laura was transported to Fairview Southdale in Edina where it was discovered that she had a ruptured aneurysm. She was then transferred to the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). Neurosurgeon Andrew Grande, MD, led Laura’s care team at UMMC. “I’m not a religious person, but I believe an angel sent me to Dr. Grande,” she said.

Fall newsletter features department's research, patients and a new physician

Fall 2018 Inside Neurosurgery Newsletter
November 5, 2018

The latest issue of the Neurosurgery Department's newsletter, Inside Neurosurgery, highlights key research projects in brain tumor and spinal cord injury, features two patients (aneurysm and complex spine), and introduces you to Robert (Bob) McGovern, MD, a new faculty member/patient care provider. 

Other stories touch upon the monthly deep brain stimulation class offered to patients interested in that procedure and a new book published by the department as a result of its annual NeuroSafe symposium on improving neurosurgery's quality and safety.


Inside Neurosurgery

Fall 2018 Inside Neurosurgery Newsletter