What is Lateral Access Surgery?

Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
Society of Lateral Access Surgeons

 

An established neurosurgeon, Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise in numerous areas that include teaching, business ventures, research, and hospital practices. Currently, Dr. Mesiwala serves as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in California. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is also engaged in several professional associations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.

The Society of Lateral Access Surgeons is a professional association that works to advance minimally disruptive lateral access spine surgery techniques through research and education. Founded in 2006, the association also represents its many members who are practitioners in the field of lateral access surgery.

Lateral access surgery is a form of surgery that addresses spine disorders. The term lateral refers to the surgery’s mode of conduct, which is through the patient’s side. This approach differs from other surgical techniques that complete surgery through the posterior (back) or the anterior (front) of a patient. Benefits of a lateral access approach include both shortened surgery time and hospital stay, decreased blood loss and scarring, and faster overall recovery.

NASS Holds 2017 Evidence and Technology Spine Summit

American Spine Society (NASS) Image: www.spine.org
American Spine Society (NASS)
Image: http://www.spine.org

 

After completing his medical internship, Ali Mesiwala, MD, began his residency at the University of Washington. Today, he focuses his practice on neurological surgery. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is also a member of the North American Spine Society (NASS).

The NASS fosters quality spine care by advancing spinal education and research. NASS also emphasizes its commitment to ethical obligations by strengthening spine care policies. Spine care practitioners are subjected to these policies, which are enforced by the NASS Professional Compliance Panel.

NASS also provides its members opportunities for continuing education, such as the Evidence and Technology Spine Summit. The 2017 summit will serve as a venue for spine specialists to discuss innovations in spinal treatment and technology.

These interactive meetings offer participants alternative perspectives on spine care. The 2017 Evidence and Technology Spine Summit will be held February 22-25 in Park City, Utah.

Popular Campgrounds in California’s Inland Empire

Applewhite Camp Image: cucamongawilderness.org
Applewhite Camp
Image: cucamongawilderness.org

 

An extensively trained neurosurgeon, Ali Mesiwala, MD, oversees the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center as chief and acts as a consultant for such companies as SI-Bone, Inc., and Nuvasive, Inc. In his free time, Ali Mesiwala, MD, enjoys camping.

The Inland Empire of California offers hundreds of great campgrounds. Below are just some of the area’s more popular camping sites:

Applewhite Camp: located in San Bernardino, Applewhite Camp features 44 campsites. It allows both tent and RV camping and has a picnic table, flush toilets, and showers to make stays more relaxing. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

– Glen Helen Park: complete with water slides and a softball field, Glen Helen Park has 45 RV sites along with two group camping areas and tenting sites. The campground is also located in San Bernardino.

– Yucaipa Camp: voted as the Inland Empire’s #1 picnic spot, Yucaipa Campground in Yucaipa offers lakeside tent and RV camping options. Campers can enjoy everything from fishing and boating to a bait shop and swim lagoon, with water slides at this location.

– Hesperia Lake Camp: accessible from I-15, Hesperia Lake Campground has flush toilets and showers to accompany its RV and tent campsites. The nearby lake is well-stocked with catfish, sturgeon, and trout and the area also allows equestrian camping.

Three Neurological Symptoms That May Warrant a Trip to the Doctor

Ali Mesiwala pic
Ali Mesiwala
Image: sccns.com

For more than a decade, Ali Mesiwala, MD, has been working as a neurosurgeon in California. He completed his postdoctoral training at such institutions as the University of Washington and the International Neurosciences Institute. Currently, Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the chief of the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center.

There are several neurological signs and symptoms that have simple explanations, but some may be early indications of a serious problem. Following are just a few examples of neurological problems that may warrant a trip to your physician:

1. Numbness or weakness: feeling numbness on one side of the face can be an early sign of a stroke. However, these early symptoms are often brief, so many individuals forget about them. In addition to signalling a stroke, sudden muscle weakness may indicate various disorders, including Guillain-Barre syndrome or myasthenia gravis.

2. Vision loss: unexpected loss of vision in one or both eyes can indicate various infections, multiple sclerosis, or location-specific strokes. An optic nerve stroke can cause complete blindness in one eye. Meanwhile, deteriorating vision accompanied by eye pain may suggest that the optic nerve has become inflamed.

3. Persistent dizziness: any persistent problems with coordination and balance can indicate that something is wrong. Certain inner ear conditions, such a positional vertigo, may be the cause of these problems, but they also may result from strokes in the brain stem. The brain stem connects the brain and spine and strokes can interrupt these important communications.