Being a neurosurgeon requires endless hours of continuous training, work and sacrifice. There is a reason they say â€œWell, it isnâ€™t brain surgeryâ€¦â€ but for me, it is- every day.
The included infographic details both my education and my practice by sheer numbers.Â Â The numbers are staggering and serve as a testament to the experience I have gained over the last 23 years in practice, as well as the success of my clinic. Below is some more personal information about me and my experience in practice:
I truly feel that God gave me special talents that I am to use for the behalf of His people. Â I always see my patients as my own mom, dad, brother and sister and always do my very best to help my patients get back to the highest level of function. Â I always pray for my patients before, during and after the surgery. Â If they wish to, I will pray with the whole family before surgery. Â I greatly value communication with the family and patient. Â I want everyone to be clear about what we are doing, why we are doing it, goals, risks, alternatives and probable benefits. Â I also work to dispel goals which are unrealistic. Â I love my job and I love to help other people along their journeys.
My favorite surgeries are:
- Neck surgeries for arm pain numbness or weakness
- Because patients do so well and are so happy after the surgery. Â A very high percentage of patients are thrilled and get most of their function back.
- Deep Brain surgery for Parkinsonâ€™s disease and orÂ Benign, Essential or Familial tremor
- Because these patients are devastated by their diseases and are on their way to a nursing home environment. Â In a few hours I can help them so much. Â They are thrilled, and the effect is long term. Â I like doing procedures that are highly innovative and cutting edge. Â No pun intended.
- I am the first spine doctor in Idaho to earn certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
- I haveÂ neverÂ had a patient die after or during an elective operation (not a trauma).
- I haveÂ neverÂ had to give a patient a blood transfusion for blood loss as the result of an elective surgery.
- The most surgeries I have completed in one day isÂ 10.
- My longest operation lastedÂ 35Â hours; it was a brain tumor on a young woman with three children. I noticed that looked like my wife.Â She did wonderfully and was cured with no recurrence for 15 years.
- I have experienced, first hand, moreÂ miraclesÂ than I can count.
I am very proud of my quality data regarding patient length of stay, return to surgery rate, and success rate at helping arm/leg pain, preventing further numbness, and weakness in the arms/legs. My surgical complication rate -infection rate, death, neurologic injury, bleeding, cervical spinal fluid leak, nerve or spinal cord damage- is among the lowest both locally and nationally.
I know now, in retrospect, that I am a much better surgeon now than in the past. Â The years have helped me to grow in wisdom, to know when a surgery is necessary, and to know the smallest and most careful procedure to perform. Â Most importantly, I have learned when a surgery, even if recommended by another surgeon, is not in my patientsâ€™ best interest and should be avoided.