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intractable pain
February 19, 2021 • 0 Comments Intractable pain

Intractable pain refers to pain that cannot be main with normal pain management techniques. ‘Intractable’ meaning hard to control. As this type...

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Occipital nerve stimulation
February 12, 2021 • 0 Comments Occipital nerve stimulation

Occipital nerve stimulation is a procedure that can be used to different types of headaches, mainly including cluster headaches, cranial facial pain...

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facial pain
February 5, 2021 • 0 Comments An overview of facial pain

Many people will experience some form of facial pain throughout their lifetime, and will often see it go within a short period...

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skull base tumours
January 29, 2021 • 0 Comments Skull base tumours

Skull based tumours is not a type of tumour, it is a group of tumours that group in a specific part of...

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LNP spinal tumours
January 20, 2021 • 0 Comments Spinal tumours

Spinal tumours are an abnormal mass or growth of tissue in or around the spinal cord or bones of the spine. Spinal...

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spinal dysraphism LNP
January 13, 2021 • 0 Comments Spinal dysraphism

Spinal Dysraphism is an umbrella term that is used to describe a number of different conditions that affects the spine, spinal cord...

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Myelomeningocele
January 4, 2021 • 0 Comments Myelomeningocele

A myelomeningocele is a form of spina bifida (spina bifida occulta). Myelomeningocele accounts for around 75% of all spina bifida cases. This...

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December 27, 2020 • 0 Comments Professor Ashkan on the BBC

Professor Ashkan joins the BBC news team to revisit the amazing story of Dragma, his patient who played the violin during brain...

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lipomyelomeningocele
December 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Lipomyelomeningocele

A lipomyelomeningocele is a birth defect, meaning that it is present from birth, that affects the spine. A lipomyelomeningocele is usually in...

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AVM Arteriovenous malformation
December 10, 2020 • 0 Comments Arteriovenous Malformation AVM

Brain arteriovenous malformation A brain arteriovenous malformation AVM occurs when there is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels to arteries and veins...

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thoracic disc herniation
November 30, 2020 • 0 Comments Thoracic Disc Herniation

A thoracic disc herniation can be a painful condition where the fibrous outer part of the disc tears and the inner gelatinous...

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Encephalocele
November 19, 2020 • 0 Comments Encephalocele

Encephalocele is a rare congenital birth defect, where the skull does not form properly which allows brain tissue, cerebrospinal fluid and blood...

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metastatic brain tumour
November 11, 2020 • 0 Comments Metastatic Brain Tumour

A metastatic brain tumour means cancer cells has spread through the bloodstream or the lymph system from its original tumour site and...

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minimally-invasive-spinal-fusion
October 30, 2020 • 0 Comments Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion

Minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery takes a revolutionary approach to traditional spinal surgery. A traditional spinal fusion surgery is a surgical procedure...

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sacroiliac joint injection
October 23, 2020 • 0 Comments Sacroiliac Joint Injections

Sacroiliac joint Pain (SI joint pain) can lead to patients having severe lower back pain. If you would like to find out...

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carpal tunnel syndrome
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Carpal tunnel syndrome

Mr Bassi tells us all about what happens if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition whereby...

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deep brain stimulation
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation a type of functional neurosurgery or neuromodulation. It is done by implanting electrodes into a specific area of the...

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trigonocephaly
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Trigonocephaly

Mr Sanj Bassi one of our leading paediatric neurosurgeons explains to us what trigonocephaly is. Trigonocephaly also known as metopic craniosynostosis is a...

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vagus nerve stimulation
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Vagus nerve stimulation

What is Vagus Nerve Stimulation? Vagus nerve stimulation is a type of neuromodulation. The aim of the treatment is to help children...

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functional neursurgery
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Functional neurosurgery

What is functional neurosurgery? Professor Ashkan talks us through what functional neurosurgery means and how it works. We asked Professor Ashkan what...

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TMS
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments TMS

Mr Francesco Vergani, our resident TMS specialist, in this week’s blog discusses all about TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation. Transcranial magnetic stimulation...

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syringosubarachnoid shunt
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Syringosubarachnoid shunt

Mr Bassi, syringomyelia and shunt specialist, explains all about a syringosubarachnoid shunt. A syringosubarachnoid shunt is used to drain a build-up of...

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visualase
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments VISUALASE

Professor Ashkan and Mr Bhangoo are currently the only surgeons in the UK able to perform the Visualase ® procedure for brain...

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image guided brain biopsy
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Image-guided brain biopsy

Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo explains what happens during an image-guided brain biopsy. Here at LNP it’s common for us to perform a brain...

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gamma knife radiosurgery
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Gamma Knife

Gamma Knife is a highly focused beam of radiation that is used to treat brain conditions such as a brain tumour. This...

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foramen magnum decompression
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Foramen magnum decompression

Foramen magnum decompression is a procedure used to treat Chiari malformation. Chiari malformation occurs when the spinal cord is under pressure from...

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craniotomy
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Craniotomy

What is a craniotomy? A craniotomy is the most common type of operation to remove a brain tumour. To access the tumour,...

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aneurysm clipping
October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments Aneurysm clipping

A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, usually where the...

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baclofen pump
October 20, 2020 • 0 Comments Baclofen pump

Mr Sanj Bassi explains to us all about the Baclofen pump and what they can be used to treat. As neurosurgeons we...

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awake craniotomy
October 20, 2020 • 0 Comments Awake craniotomy

Professor Ashkan explains what’s what with awake brain surgery. An awake craniotomy is a type of surgical procedure performed on the brain...

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spinal cord stimulation
October 20, 2020 • 0 Comments Spinal cord stimulation

Professor Ashkan explains to us what Spinal Cord Stimulation is and how it is surgically inserted. Overview of spinal cord stimulation A...

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Spinal fusion
October 20, 2020 • 0 Comments Spinal fusion

One of our complex spine experts, Mr Irfan Malik, explains to us all about spinal fusion surgery and what all the acronyms...

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