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Advanced Brain Surgery Techniques Improve Outcomes

By Jonathan A. Engh, MD
Lexington Medical Center Brain Tumor Program

Brain surgery is essential, and even life-saving, to the care of many patients with brain tumors or other brain conditions. However, it is not without substantial risk. One of the central principles of medicine is “primum non nocere,” or “first do no harm.” It’s a reminder that our interventions for disease may cause injury to a patient, and that we must avoid injury whenever possible.

Few interventions in medicine are more potentially dangerous than brain surgery. Stroke, hemorrhage and infection are just a few of the potentially devastating complications that can harm a patient or even lead to death. At Lexington Medical Center, we utilize on specialized techniques, not widely used at most medical centers, to reduce the risk of brain injury from tumor surgery.

Awake craniotomy is a specialized method of brain tumor surgery in which the patient remains awake and alert during surgery. While being kept comfortable, the patient can talk, move an extremity of interest, or name objects on a screen. This allows the neurosurgeon to track patient’s motor function and speech in real time during the operation.

It is critical that the entire operating room team be specially trained in this technique in order for it to be successful. Otherwise, the patient can be more prone to problems like breathing complications or seizures in the operating room. Lexington Medical Center has a dedicated team that specializes in awake craniotomy for brain tumors. Using this technique allows us to work in functional regions of the brain while keeping track of the patient’s neurologic state. As a result, we can remove brain tumors that would otherwise not be safely removable.

Minimally invasive port surgery is another specialized technique utilized to prevent injury in the operating room at Lexington Medical Center. Using a small, cylinder-shaped retractor, the neurosurgeon can access deep brain regions with less disruption to the surrounding brain tissue. With this technique, patients with deep brain tumors and tumors in the fluid system of the brain (intraventricular tumors) can have successful surgery and achieve relief of their symptoms while minimizing the risk of being injured during their operation.

To learn more about the Lexington Medical Center Brain Tumor Program, visit www.lexingtonbraintumor.com.

Lexington Brain and Spine Institute Welcomes Christopher A. Beal, DO

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Christopher A. Beal, DO, to its network of care at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Beal joins the board-certified physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at the practice who treat patients with a wide array of painful conditions from knee, hip and joint pain to spine disorders and cancer pain.

Christopher A. Beal, DO

Certified in advanced cardiovascular life support and basic life support, Dr. Beal has experience performing electrodiagnostic studies, ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections, trigger point injections, spinal cord stimulation, nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations, among other procedures.

He most recently completed his pain management fellowship, where he obtained the necessary skills for comprehensive treatment of painful disorders due to spine and non-spine conditions. This training includes accurate diagnosis, pharmacologic management, advanced interventional technique and innovative implant therapy.

Dr. Beal graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and earned a master’s degree in biomedical studies from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. He then earned his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, Florida. Dr. Beal completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health in Richmond, Virginia, serving as chief resident. He also completed a pain medicine fellowship at VCU Health.

Dr. Beal is accepting new patients.

Lexington Brain and Spine Institute
Lexington Medical Park 3
222 East Medical Lane, Suite 200
West Columbia, SC 29169

(803) 935-8410
LexingtonBrainandSpine.com
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Lexington Brain and Spine Institute Welcomes Robert L. Deters, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Robert L. Deters, MD, to its network of care. Dr. Deters will practice at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice that specializes in disorders of the spine and surrounding nerves.

Dr. Robert Deters

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Deters earned his medical degree from Wright State University Medical School in Dayton, Ohio. While there, Dr. Deters became an esteemed member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He then completed residencies at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Center and St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Deters is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with additional subspecialty certification in pain management.

Dr. Deters has more than 20 years of experience providing interventional pain management services and electrodiagnostic studies. He most recently cared for patients and served as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also served on the Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Task Force, which makes recommendations and helps create policies to combat the national opioid crisis.

Dr. Deters offers a wide array of interventional pain management procedures such as trigger point injections, nerve block injections and radiofrequency nerve ablations. He joins the board-certified physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute to meet the needs of patients who suffer from painful conditions that range from knee, hip and joint pain to spine disorders and cancer pain.

He is accepting new patients. Visit LexingtonBrainandSpine.com.