Blog Articles

Understanding the Different Types of Brain Tumors

With names like astrocytomas and ependymomas, brain tumors sound like they’re alien structures. But you can make sense of the many different brain tumors by learning about the common types and how they ended up with their odd-sounding names.

Jan 17th, 2021
Help! I Think I Have a Pinched Nerve

Pinched nerves may subtly announce their presence with slight pain. Or they may burst onto the scene with a sudden, severe pain that stops you in your tracks. Here’s what you need to know about pinched nerves and when you should see a doctor.

Dec 7th, 2020
In the OR with Dr. Kim: Removing a Brain Tumor

This article explains some of the techniques employed in the modern neurosurgical resection of a brain tumor. In this case example, I use stereotactic guidance, brain mapping, and microsurgical dissection. (Warning, contains surgical images.)

Nov 4th, 2020
5 Ways to Help Prevent Your Sciatica From Flaring Up

Sciatica affects 40% of all adults, causing lower back and electric-shock pain that shoots down your leg. If you struggle with sciatica, you know that sciatica flare-ups are common. Learn five ways you can prevent painful flare-ups.

Nov 3rd, 2020
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

This article describes the techniques of minimally invasive spine surgery, who is a candidate, and the benefits. Contains surgical images.

Oct 27th, 2020
Spotting the Warning Signs of a Herniated Disc

Did you know that most herniated discs first appear in people aged 35-55 years? As you get older your risk also increases, so it’s important for all adults to know the warning signs and to seek early help for a herniated disc.

Oct 12th, 2020
Treatment Options for Brain Tumors

Only 30% of brain tumors are malignant, yet they rank as the eighth most common cancer in people aged 40 years and older. When faced with a brain tumor, you need a skilled doctor and information about your treatment options. That’s where we can help.

Sep 8th, 2020
What is Spinal Stenosis?

Are you having problems with back or neck pain? How about tingling, numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs? It could be spinal stenosis. Find out what that is and how a medical specialist can help.

Aug 9th, 2020
Can A Herniated Disc Heal On Its Own?

If you are suffering from the pain of a herniated disc, you might be wondering if it could heal on its own with enough ice, rest and Advil. The answer is that it depends on the circumstance.

Mar 21st, 2019
Understanding the Basics of ALIF

Spinal surgery can be approached in various different ways, depending on the needs, goals and the anatomy of each patient. Spinal fusion, for example, can be performed from different angles, each with their own set of risks and benefits.

Mar 5th, 2019
What Is Microdiscectomy?

Microdiscectomies are one of my specialties, and they are especially effective as a treatment for patients who are experiencing the pain and tingling that results from a herniated disc in their spine.

Feb 21st, 2019
Can ACDF Relieve Your Chronic Neck Pain?

One of the methods that I sometimes suggest to patients to alleviate chronic neck pain is a surgical procedure known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Dec 27th, 2018
Do You Suffer from Facet Joint Syndrome?

Back or neck pain can originate in the facet joints of your spine, leading to a condition called facet joint syndrome. Unlike other causes of back or neck pain, facet joint syndrome pain may be sporadic or intermittent.

Dec 4th, 2018
What Is Interventional Spine Medicine?

Interventional spine medicine is an innovative approach to treating back pain. Using a holistic approach, the medical team—which could be made up of a spinal surgeon such as myself, a physical therapist, a pain management specialist ...

Nov 6th, 2018