Neurosurgery


March 8, 2019

Exceeding Expectations

After routine surgery for a pinched nerve, Les Marlow’s spine developed kyphosis, and his neck started to fall forward. The condition was so severe that he could no longer take daily walks, play golf or do many other routine tasks. The x-ray of his neck shows just how bad it was. He was told he needed to see…


Unparalleled Care

When Johnelle Hunt slipped and fell in 2013, she fractured two vertebrae. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, and doctors there determined she needed more specialized care for her injury in order to prevent further damage, even the possibility of paralysis. She chose the trauma center at UAMS. She was quickly evaluated by the trauma team and…


Life Saving Neurosugical Care

At four months pregnant, Sasha arrived at UAMS in a coma. We gave her hope — and a baby son. Early in Sasha’s pregnancy, a tangle of blood vessels ruptured in her brain. She was airlifted to UAMS, where neurosurgeons are on call 24/7. By the time she arrived, she had no pulse and had to be revived twice. The…


Bright Spot in MRI Leads to Relief

Roland Pennington went from an active life of golfing, playing softball, working out several days a week and performing with a local band to barely being able to walk because of excruciating back pain. After a frustrating series of visits to several doctors and MRI scans that showed no disk damage, he was at the…


Minimally Invasive Surgery Heals Pain

Fanny Long, wife of University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, had occasional migraines that suddenly turned into two months of almost constant, debilitating pain and weekly visits to the emergency room. Her neurologists in Fayetteville and at the Cleveland Clinic performed tests that revealed a brain aneurysm in her left carotid artery. Long was immediately referred to…


Wires Gave Him His Life Back

For the past 25 years or so, Charlie DeBoard has had an essential tremor. It affected his hands and then his voice, progressing so much that he could barely talk. Embarrassed by the tremor, he gradually spent less time out with friends and family and almost retired. His family doctor recommended he see a specialist at UAMS….