Hydrocephalus – Causes, Symptom and Surgical Treatments
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Osteoarthritis – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
(4 days ago) As with any surgery, a patient's age, overall health and other issues are taken into consideration. Follow-up . Arthritis is a chronic condition, and follow up is typically performed by a primary care physician to help with symptomatic management. If spondylosis leads to a neurological deficit, then patients typically will follow up in the post
Cerebrovascular Disease – Classifications, Symptoms
(6 days ago) Diabetes, especially when untreated, puts one at greater risk of stroke and has many other serious health implications. High blood cholesterol: A high level of total cholesterol in the blood (240 mg/dL or higher) is a major risk factor for heart disease, which raises the risk of stroke.
Traumatic Brain Injury – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
(4 days ago) Various monitoring devices may assist health care personnel in caring for the patient. Placement of an ICP monitor into the brain can help detect excessive swelling. One commonly used type of ICP monitor is a ventriculostomy, a narrow, flexible, hollow catheter that is passed into the ventricles, or fluid spaces in the center of the brain, to
Herniated Disc – Symptoms, Causes, Prevention and Treatments
(7 days ago) The patient is in reasonably good health Lumbar Spine Surgery. Lumbar laminotomy is a procedure often utilized to relieve leg pain and sciatica caused by a herniated disc. It is performed through a small incision down the center of the back over the area of the herniated disc. During this procedure, a portion of the lamina may be removed.
Metastatic Brain Tumors – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments
(6 days ago) Treatment varies with the size and type of the tumor, the primary site of the malignancy, its extent both locally and in the rest of the body , the general health of the individual and presence of other significant medical problems. Among the goals of treatment may be to obtain a clear tissue diagnosis, relieve symptoms, improve functioning
Meningiomas – Classifications, Risk Factors, Diagnosis and
(4 days ago) The World Health Organization (WHO) classification of brain tumors is the most widely utilized tool in grading tumor types. The WHO classification scheme recognizes 15 variations of meningiomas according to their cell type as seen under a microscope. These variations are called meningioma subtypes – the technical term for these cell variations is histological subtypes.
Adult-onset Hydrocephalus – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments
(6 days ago) The term hydrocephalus is derived from two words: "hydro," meaning water, and "cephalus," referring to the head. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up within the ventricles (fluid-containing cavities) of the brain and may increase pressure within the head. Although hydrocephalus often is described as "water on the brain," the "water" is actually CSF
Cervical Spine – Anatomy, Diseases and Treatments
(4 days ago) In otherwise good health; There are several different surgical procedures that can be utilized, the choice of which is influenced by the specifics of each case. In a percentage of patients, spinal instability may require that spinal fusion be performed, a decision that is generally determined prior to surgery.
Astrocytoma Tumors – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments
(1 days ago) According to the World Health Organization (WHO) classifications of brain tumors, astrocytomas range from grade 1 (most benign) to grade 4 (most malignant). This grading, which is made by analyzing the tumor cells under the microscope is based on the following features: 1) how abnormal the cells look like (atypia); 2) how much they grow
AANS Advocacy Efforts and Washington Committee
(7 days ago) This work is critical, and organized neurosurgery’s Washington Office and leaders continue to be at the forefront of health policy debates to advance the specialty of neurological surgery, to promote the highest quality of patient care and to create a system that offers greater value tomorrow than it does today.
Washington Committee Sets 2021 Legislative and Regulatory
(6 days ago) The AANS and the CNS released their 2021 legislative and regulatory agenda, including health policy action items neurosurgeons plan to advance with Congress and the Biden Administration.Organized neurosurgery aims to: Protect patients’ timely access to care by reforming utilization review practices, such as prior authorization, step-therapy and Medicare’s appropriate use criteria program
Neurosurgical Treatment for Gunshot Wound Head Trauma
(8 days ago) For more than two decades there has been an increase in the incidence of head injuries caused by gunshot wounds. Gunshot wounds to the head have become a leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in many urban areas in the U.S. due, in part, to a surge in gang violence and overall homicide rates. Other cases involve suicide and unintentional accidents.
Spinal Tumors – Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
(2 days ago) Outcome depends greatly on the age and overall health of the patient and on whether the spinal tumor is benign or malignant, primary or metastatic. In the case of primary tumors, the goal is to remove the tumor completely, leading optimally to the potential cure of the malignancy.
Neurosurgery and Healthcare Reform
(1 days ago) Neurosurgery Health Care Reform Survey of Neurosurgical Leaders 3.17.19 AANS and CNS Send Letter to Speaker Ryan Regarding H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act 3.17.17 Neurosurgery Joins Other Medical Groups in Sending IPAB Repeal Letter of Support to Sen. Cornyn Regarding S. 260 - …
(5 days ago) Brain tumors are thought to arise when certain genes on the chromosomes of a cell are damaged and no longer function properly. These genes normally regulate the rate at which the cell divides (if it divides at all) and repair genes that fix defects of other genes, as well as genes that should cause the cell to self-destruct if the damage is beyond repair.
Glossary and Definitions of Neurosurgical Terminology
(Just Now) CARCINOMA - Cancer, a malignant growth of epithelial or gland cells.. CAROTID ARTERY - Large artery on either side of the neck that supplies most of the cerebral hemisphere.. CAROTID SINUS - Slight dilatation on the common carotid artery at its bifurcation containing nerve cells sensitive to blood pressure. Stimulation can cause slowing of the heart, vasodilatation and a fall in blood pressure.
Craniopharyngiomas – Symptoms, Causes, Prevention and
(1 days ago) The neurosurgeon’s experience, the patient’s age and overall health, as well as the size and location of the craniopharyngioma influence the particular approach and surgical plan. Open craniotomy: The neurosurgeon makes an incision on the scalp or eyebrow region, temporarily removes a window of bone, opens the lining of the brain and
Health and Safety Precautions at #AANS2021
(7 days ago) The health and well-being of meeting attendees, staff and vendors remains a top priority. The AANS has added new safety features to its Duty of Care commitment. With a close eye on the latest world and local conditions, new technologies and personal safety concerns, the …
Deep Brain Stimulation – Advantages, Risks and Conditions
(5 days ago) Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an elective surgical procedure in which electrodes are implanted into certain brain areas. These electrodes, or leads, generate electrical impulses that control abnormal brain activity. The electrical impulses can also adjust for the chemical imbalances within the brain that cause various conditions.
Vertebral Compression Fractures – Symptoms, Complications
(3 days ago) The occurrence of this condition steadily increases as people age, with an estimated 40% of women age 80 and older affected. Although far more common in women, VCFs are also a major health concern for older men. People who have had one osteoporotic VCF …
Healthcare Reform: An Overview of the Patient Protection
(Just Now) The new health law expands health insurance coverage to an additional 32 million individuals (now covering roughly 95% of non-elderly, legal residents of the United States) through a shared responsibility approach. Systemic insurance market reform will eliminate discriminatory practices by health insurers such as pre-existing condition exclusions.
Neurosurgical Grants and Fellowships for Residents
(5 days ago) Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management Policy Surgeons Ages 30-60 This scholarship is open to members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and AANS, subsidizing a course in health policy management.
HHS to Begin Distributing $1.4 Billion in Relief Funds to
(6 days ago) On Aug. 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will distribute $1.4 billion to almost 80 free-standing children’s hospitals nationwide. The funds — made possible through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which allocated $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers
A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Sports-related Head Injury
(6 days ago) The National Federation of State High Schools released the following statement on February 23, 2010: "Effective with the 2010 high school football season, any player who shows signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion must be removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care
Spinal Cord Stimulation Systems and Implantation
(6 days ago) A patient will often undergo mental health testing and counseling so they understand how an implanted device will be managed. A trial is done by placing one or two wires into the space outside the spinal cord and controlling them from a unit outside of the patient’s body. This is usually kept in place for about a week and the patient is able
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF
(7 days ago) Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Care Act. We appreciate and fully support your efforts to expand the availability of telehealth for patients across the country. Telehealth is critical to enhancing patient access to high-quality neurosurgical services — particularly in rural parts of the country.
Neurosurgical Advocacy and Health Policy News
(2 days ago) Health Coalition Endorses Comprehensive Medical Liability Bill 2.24.17 Provider groups seek indefinite halt to Meaningful Use, parts of MIPS 2.24.17 Neurosurgeon Adnan Siddiqui, MD Presentation to FDA on Embolic Protection Device 2.24.17
Neurosurgery Calls for COVID-19-related Medical Liability
(Just Now) As part of the ongoing efforts to provide health care providers with protections from unfounded lawsuits, the Health Coalition on Liability and Access — of which the AANS and the CNS serve as vice-chair — has joined a chorus of stakeholders in calling on Congress to pass legislation to safeguard medical professionals, and the facilities in which they practice, from COVID-19-related medical
Cauda Equina Syndrome – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and
(4 days ago) CES most commonly results from a massive herniated disc in the lumbar region. A single excessive strain or injury may cause a herniated disc. However, disc material degenerates naturally as a person ages, and the ligaments that hold it in place begin to weaken.
AMA Releases Survey Results on Prior Authorization During
(6 days ago) As COVID-19 cases in the U.S. were peaking in late 2020, most physicians reported that health plans continued to impose bureaucratic prior authorization policies that delay access to necessary care and sometimes result in serious harm to patients, according to recent survey results issued by the AMA.
Report Demonstrates Benefits of Telehealth during COVID-19
(1 days ago) The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition — comprising more than 1,000 health care organizations, technology firms and nonprofits — recently published the “COVID-19 Telehealth Impact Physician Survey.” The findings show strong support for telehealth: 60% reported that telehealth had improved the health of their patients; 68% said they are motivated to increase telehealth use in their practices;
the undersigned 202 national, state, and local medical
(7 days ago) the public health crisis of firearm-related injuries and deaths. In 2019, the most recent year for which we have data, firearm-related injuries led to 39,707 fatalities.i A public health approach to firearm violence prevention is urgently needed to promote health equity and address the
Contact Congress to Permanently Extend the Children’s
(7 days ago) The Comprehensive Access to Robust Insurance Now Guaranteed (CARING) for Kids Act would permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).With as many as 15% of children lacking health insurance coverage at the time, CHIP was established in 1997 to address this national health care crisis.
Washington DC Office Press Room
(6 days ago) Welcome to the press room of the AANS/CNS Washington Office, dedicated to organized neurosurgery's media relations concerning legislative and health policy topics. For the Media For media inquiries regarding legislation or health policy issues, contact Katie O. Orrico, Director, AANS/CNS Washington Office, at 202.446.2024 or via e-mail at
Health Coalition on Liability and Access
(6 days ago) Health Coalition on Liability and Access in response to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on the topic COVID-19: Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic July 1, 2020 Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and members of the committee, thank
Neurosurgery Supports Legislation to Address Physician Burnout
(4 days ago) This legislation aims to reduce and prevent mental and behavioral health conditions, suicide and burnout, as well as increase access to evidence-based treatment for physicians, medical students and other health care professionals — especially those who continue to be overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the coalition letter.
NeurosurgeryPAC’s Legislative Impact
(1 days ago) The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (S. 350/H.R. 1418), introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies and would authorize the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to enforce the federal antitrust laws
HHS’s profound impact on increase over 2015 levels. As a
(9 days ago) Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (Labor-HHS)—urge you to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2018 302(b) subcommittee allocation for these programs and services. The activities administered by the departments and agencies under Labor-HHS’s jurisdiction serve
HHS Releases Report on Surprise Billing
(Just Now) Responding to a requirement in Executive Order 13877, “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First,” on July 29, HHS released the “HHS Secretary’s Report on Addressing Surprise Billing.”Among other things, the report describes federal actions to encourage price transparency for medical services, summarizes pending federal legislation and
Report Shows Majority of Health Insurance Markets Are
(1 days ago) According to a study released by the AMA, 73 percent of US health insurance markets are highly concentrated, based on guidelines used by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to assess market competition. In 91 percent of the 380 metropolitan statistical areas studied, at least one insurer had a commercial market share of 30 percent or more, and in 46 percent of MSAs, a single