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April 1, 2018

The management of spinal trauma

Dr. Merkow discusses The management of spinal trauma at the Annual Trauma Symposium at John Muir Health on April 19th 2018 (presentation to begin at 3pm). Dr. Max Merkow outlines the important clinical aspects…

Dr. Maxwell Merkow Speaks EventsFeatured
February 1, 2018

Join us March 21 for Parkinson’s Disease Education Seminar

Drs. Max Merkow and Steve Schadendorf presenting the pros and cons of treating Parkinson’s Disease with deep brain stimulation. Please join us to learn more: 6pm on March 21, 2018…

The management of spinal trauma

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Dr. Merkow discusses The management of spinal trauma at the Annual Trauma Symposium at John Muir Health on April 19th 2018 (presentation to begin at 3pm).

Dr. Max Merkow outlines the important clinical aspects of treating spine trauma patients. He emphasizes early surgical stabilization using minimally invasive techniques coupled with mobilization (as opposed to bedrest) in patients with unstable fractures. Dr. Merkow is a proponent of surgical navigation techniques using stereotactic workstations (see above); these methods allow patients to leave the hospital and get back to their normal lives faster than traditional treatments.

Evidence for avoiding fusion in lumbar burst fractures

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In the November Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine issue, our neurosurgery colleagues publish a meta-analysis describing data that support internal fixation rather than fusion for common types of spinal fractures (lumbar burst fractures). This provides evidence for a less invasive means of treating spine fractures and maintaining good long-term outcomes. Read the abstract here.

DBS for Parkinson’s Disease

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East Bay Brain & Spine Medical Group’s Dr. Merkow presented a seminar “DBS for Parkinson’s Disease: rationale, evaluation, and emerging technology” at Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall(Berkeley, CA) as part of the PD Active Forum on September 9, 2017.