TREATMENTS

Whether it's pain in your neck or tingling in your toes, our welcoming staff is accustomed to working with a diverse array of patients. We'll work with you to diagnose the problem and reach a plan of treatment.

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Dr. Li treats patients with brain and spine tumor, including gliomas, meningioma, metastatic disease, skull base lesions. He employs advanced awake mapping, imaging techniques, intraoperative navigation and microsurgery to ensure maximal tumor removal and achieve the safest possible surgical outcomes. Dr. Li has advanced training in some of the most leading-edge technologies available, allowing him to provide the latest, most efficient options for each patient.

These technologies include minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery for spine, brain and skull base tumors, advanced laser surgery for brain and metastatic spine tumor, primary spine tumor en bloc resection, stereotactic radiosurgery. Furthermore, Dr. Li works with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the best possible treatment strategies are offered to his patients and individualized treatments for brain and spine tumors based on personal genomic profiling.

Our available procedures include:

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a class of surgery that uses advanced technology to treat spine-related neck and back pain while minimizing injury to the patient.

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MICRODISCECTOMY

A microdiscectomy, or simply discectomy, is a surgical procedure to treat a herniated disc. It is similar to ACDF, but is usually performed to treat sciatica (radiating leg pain) and sometimes lower back pain.

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ACDF

ACDF stands for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. It is a surgical approach from the front of the neck to remove a slipped or ruptured disc, thus decompressing the spinal cord and nerves, followed by a fusion of the vertebrae to prevent future problems at that level.

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POSTERIOR SPINAL FUSION

Posterior spinal fusion surgery can be used to treat neck pain (Posterior Cervical Fusion, PCF) or lower back pain (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, PLIF). Like the newer TLIF technique, PLIF is designed to treat the pain caused by the movement of the spinal vertebrae.

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TLIF

TLIF stands for Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. This fusion surgery treats conditions affecting the lumbar spine. It is done when the vertebral bodies of the spine are out of alignment, either from a fracture, injury, or degeneration.

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ALIF

ALIF stands for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. This fusion surgery treats conditions affecting the lumbar spine. It is designed to treat lower back pain caused by the movement of the spinal vertebrae.

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LAMINECTOMY

A laminectomy is a procedure to remove the lamina, or the backmost parts of the vertebrae, to relieve pressure on the spinal canal and decompress the nerves.

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CORPECTOMY

A corpectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a damaged vertebra from your spine to alleviate pressure on your spinal cord or nerves. It is very similar to a discectomy, but used in cases when the damage is more severe.

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KYPHOPLASTY

Balloon kyphoplasty, or simply kyphoplasty, is a minimally invasive technique used to treat vertebrae that have lost their shape or stability and are creating pressure on the nerves. Kyphoplasty is done to repair fractures in the vertebrae, usually in patients with osteoporosis or following an injury.

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SPINAL STIMULATORS

A spinal cord stimulator is an electrical device surgically placed beneath the skin that is controlled by the patient via a remote. A stimulator can relieve pain, and may be used in conjunction with medication or individually.

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STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY

Stereotactic radiosurgery differs from “traditional” surgery in that there is no incision made in the patient. Instead, the patient is first securely fastened (“stereotactic”) using straps or a cage.

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