No one ever plans on visiting a neurosurgeon. Neil, a successful businessman, certainly didn’t plan on it. Neil is an everyday kind of guy with a very typical medical background. When asked about any injuries or accidents in his life, Neil says that he doesn’t recollect ever sustaining a major injury throughout his life aside from a minor fender-bender type car accident. Jokingly, he added that he once fell out of a tree he was climbing as a young child. Nothing out of the ordinary. So when Neil began to experience pain, it makes sense that he wrote it off as a “pinched nerve”.
Fighting Through the Pain
Not letting the pain get to him, he continued on with his life thinking that nothing was the matter. However, the pain eventually got to be too much for Neil to handle, and he began to realize he needed help. This is when Neil and Dr. Nair were brought together. Dr. Anil Nair is a board certified neurosurgeon at IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics, specializing in neurovascular and endovascular neurosurgery.
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Neil, who tells us that he is a very good judge of character, states that he could tell from the very beginning that Dr. Nair was genuine person. He also says that he felt his experience with IGEA was very authentic and indicative of what everyone else must experience. Dr. Nair was confident in his assessment that Neil’s condition was spinal stenosis.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes compressed. This causes a “pinching” of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots, which can lead to pain, cramping, weakness or numbness and tingling. Spinal stenosis affects about 8% of Americans over the age of 50.
If spinal stenosis is caught early enough, the symptoms can be lessened with anti-inflammatories, behavior modification, or injections into or around the spinal column. Surgery can be used to alleviate more severe symptoms. Neil’s condition was fairly advanced, leading Dr. Nair to start planning for surgery.
Dr. Nair: A Respected Member of the IGEA Team
Dr. Nair completed his fellowship in neurovascular surgery and endovascular surgery at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia, PA. He also completed a year of endovascular neurosurgery, a neurosurgery residency and a general surgery internship at Albany Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Since graduation, he has had a prolific career. Dr. Nair has been published in medical journals over ten times. He has also given over twenty-five presentations and published abstracts on various topics within his specialties. Dr. Nair has participated in several research projects within his specialties, as well.
The Surgery for Spinal Stenosis
The complexity of a spinal stenosis surgery depends on the cause of the stenosis, or “narrowing” of the spine. The main goal of surgery is to enlarge the tunnels that the spinal cord or nerves run through. Sometimes surgery can be relatively simple and easy. Other surgeries are more complex, such as a fusion. Since his surgery, Neil has had only positive things to say about the experience. He’s feeling great and loving his life.
Another Success Story from Dr. Nair
At IGEA, we’re proud to bring experienced specialists like Dr. Nair to the patients who need their help. The award-winning neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, specialized physician assistants and highly trained support staff at IGEA Brain set us apart. For more information, get in touch with us today.