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Neurosurgery in the News

Feb 05, 2014

Brain surgeons need to cultivate two behavioral characteristics — perseverance and equanimity of spirit, said Dr. G. Michael Lemole Jr.

Lemole, who will speak Monday about the evolution of neurosurgery as part of the University of Arizona’s “The Evolving Brain” lecture series, said his presentation will not be a “Ph.D. science talk” about the brain.

Feb 03, 2014

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A disheartening statistic states that nine out of ten people with gunshot wounds to the brain will die.

There are trauma surgeons at the University of Arizona who have been using an aggressive approach to help those patients.  This new more aggressive approach has increased the survival rate to five out of ten patients with gunshots to the brain.

Jan 09, 2014

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords was critically injured on that terrible day, but she's not letting it take her down.

Wednesday, on the third anniversary of the January 8th shooting, she went skydiving in Eloy.
Dec 05, 2013

“Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme”
                                ~ Rush

On Jan. 8, 2011, I was one of the treating neurosurgeons for U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Little did I realize that once my partner, Dr. Martin Weinand, and I finished the operation, I would be thrust into a media spotlight for which I was insufficiently prepared. Without dating myself, I will admit that, throughout events of the following days and weeks, the above lyrics from the song, “Limelight,” by the rock band Rush kept playing over and over in my head. The message was clear but posed questions. How do you remain true to yourself, your patient and your values when the ensuing media frenzy creates so many exaggerated perceptions? How do you convey the objective data, knowing that you will more likely be judged on your subjective presentation?

Dec 04, 2013

Technological advancement now allows spine surgeons to perform simple and some more complex procedures with less invasive techniques, and spine surgeons going through training are increasingly interested in adopting them.

Long term studies now show that several of these techniques are safe for patients while limiting complications, hospital stays and overall costs.

 

 

Oct 02, 2013

A new surgeon at University of Arizona Medical Center and the discovery of a massive brain tumor changed the life of a young mother, who'd recently given birth to twins.

Jessica Valenzuela suffered from severe headaches for more than two years. Her doctor's told her they were migraines. But after her twins were born last April the pain became unbearable and the headaches never went away.

Sep 25, 2013

TUCSON - A new surgeon at University of Arizona Medical Center and the discovery of a massive brain tumor changed the life of a young mother, who'd recently given birth to twins.

Jessica Valenzuela suffered from severe headaches for more than two years. Her doctor's told her they were migraines. But after her twins were born last April the pain became unbearable and the headaches never went away.

Sep 24, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When Jessica Valenzuela went to the ER, she thought they would tell her it was a migraine -- it's what she had heard for two years.

"I would get this sharp shooting pain from the back of my neck up over my right eye and it was to the beat of my heart," Valenzuela said.

Jan 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As they spoke for better gun control before the Senate Judiciary Committee,  Former Congresswoman and Tucson Mass Shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords, joined with her husband retired astronaut Mark Kelly to send a clear message that the time for gun control is now -- they've had enough. 
     
Giffords' statement to Congress wasn't long but it shows how far she's come. 

She said, in part: "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying."
    

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