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Brain Surgery at Lexington Medical Center

Amelia travelled thousands of miles from the Pacific Northwest right here to West Columbia, South Carolina for Dr. Johnathan Engh of Lexington Brain & Spine Institute to perform brain surgery that would save her quality of life. She shares her story in this video below.


Amelia is 27-years-old and lives in the state of Washington. In 2008, she passed out – and when she woke up, she had a droopy face and a hard time talking. The next day, she learned she had a brain tumor.

Amelia at home in Washington

She was diagnosed with a rare, deep-seated brain tumor called a colloid cyst – a bag of cells that secrete fluid and take up space disrupting the internal plumbing system of the brain. There’s no medicine or radiation to treat it. Neurosurgeons advised Amelia to just monitor it. Unfortunately, the cyst grew over the years.

Amelia started having some vision problems, balance issues, and increased headaches and migraines.

She had to find a neurosurgeon capable of doing a procedure to remove the cyst. Of the people who have brain tumors, less than two percent have a colloid cyst.

She did extensive homework and found Dr. Jonathan Engh – reviewing everything from his scientific journals to recommenadations from patients. Dr. Engh works at Lexington Brain & Spine Institute, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Amelia and Dr. Engh at Lexington Medical Center

Dr. Engh has performed approximately 100 colloid cyst removals – which is a lot considering how rare they are.

On January 31 of this year, Amelia flew from the Northwest to the Southeast part of our country to go under the knife of Dr. Engh. The operation was successful.

Back in Washington, Amelia says she now has energy and clarity of mind – picking life back up and enjoying it more than before.

Once Dr. Engh was able to make his way through the brain to the colloid cyst, he then sucked out the contents of the cyst which decompressed it into a bag. Because Dr. Engh was able to also take out that bag he considers Amelia cured.

For more information on Lexington Brain & Spine Institute, visit LexingtonBrainAndSpine.com.

Modern Management of Brain Tumors

Dr. Johnathan Engh is a neurosurgical oncologist at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. He specializes in tumors of the brain and spine. He talked about the latest treatment measures in this WLTX interview.

There are several types of brain tumors, typically divided between primary and metastatic brain tumors. A primary brain tumor grows from the brain itself; a metastatic brain tumor has spread to the brain from another part of the body. Some are malignant, others are benign. Brain surgeries can be complex.

According to Dr. Engh, brain tumors tend to present with headaches, confusion, an unexplained seizure as well as speech, memory and vision problems. Keep in mind the vast majority of headaches are not brain tumors.

Dr. Engh specializes in the most innovative ways to treat brain tumors. That includes minimally-invasive port surgery, a procedure that allows a surgeon to treat deep-seeded tumors while minimizing trauma to surrounding brain tissue.

Awake craniotomy, another innovative technique, maps the brain and allows the patient to participate in the surgery. If the patient is awake for a portion of the procedure, a doctor can ensure that speech and other neurological function is OK while the surgeon works on the tumor. There’s no machine that can do that. Awake brain surgery can maximize a patient’s outcome.

Finally, radiosurgery is a precise application of radiation without an incision and given on an outpatient basis. It can be very effective in shrinking tumors and preventing someone from needing surgery.

Dr. Engh’s expertise helps to allow people in the Midlands to receive world-class cancer care that’s close to home.