Dr. Dickerman offers a comprehensive treatment plan including image-guided brain surgery, postoperative chemotherapy and radiation with the most advanced technology, and advanced neurosurgical monitoring for all cases. This provides the patient with the most advanced treatments in the country in one local area. For patients from out-of-town/state, there are discounted rates at local hotels available through the office. Dr. Dickerman commonly treats patients from around the nation.
Dr. Dickerman offers advanced microneurosurgical techniques for spinal cord
tumors, brain tumors. Combined and specialized postsurgical care coordinated with local radiation oncology and neuro-oncology, in one site.
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A variety of cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral braces are available for patients requiring external fixation (stability) in either conservative care or surgical patients.
Dr. Dickerman is affiliated with numerous pain management physicians and clinics for convenience to the patient. There are numerous medications tailored for the patients specific disorder and many patients may be managed with appropriate medications and physical therapy.
Dr. Dickerman is a strong advocate of physical therapy and believes most patients can relieve most of there spinal pain with appropriate exercises and therapy. Dr. Dickerman prescribes specific exercises to each patient depending on their disorder. He is affiliated with physical therapy clinics around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and surrounding areas for patient convenience.
Each patient should have a trial of conservative care unless there are neurological issues that require only surgery. Pain management is not just pain medication but includes physical therapy, myofascial treatments, chiropractic, pathoanatomical specific injections (facet injections, epidural injections, trigger point injections, joint injections etc.) and when indicated psychological consultations.
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Dr. Dickerman specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and performs numerous minimally invasive procedures including microscopic lumbar discectomy, cervical and thoracic discectomies. He has been recruited by several spine companies to consult on the development of percutaneous pedicle screws and minimally invasive spinal techniques. Dr. Dickerman routinely performs percutaneous lumbar fusions when indicated to preserve the muscles of the lumbar spine. A partial list of the procedures are listed below.
L5-S1 Microdiscectomy incision 2 months postop
Anterior Cervical Discectomy
Anterior cervical discectomy is an operation that involves relieving the pressure placed on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord by a herniated disc or bone spurs – a condition referred to as neural compression. More Information
Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion
Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is an operation that involves relieving the pressure placed on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord by a herniated disc or bone spurs – a condition referred to as nerve root compression. More Information
Cervical foraminotomy is an operation to enlarge the space where a spinal nerve root exits the cervical spinal canal to relieve the symptoms of a “pinched nerve.” More Information
Cervical corpectomy is an operation to remove a portion of the vertebra and adjacent intervertebral discs for decompression of the cervical spinal cord and spinal nerves. A bone graft with or without a metal plate and screws is used to reconstruct the spine and provide stability. More Information
For patients with painfully restricted spinal canals in their necks, this procedure immediately relieves pressure by creating more space for the spinal cord and roots. The technique is often referred to as an “open door laminoplasty,” because the back of the vertebrae is made to swing open like a door.
As you prepare yourself mentally to undergo spinal surgery, you also need to prepare yourself for the recovery period that will follow your operation. While the surgery entails work on the part of the surgeon, after that, the brunt of the work is in your hands. To ensure a smooth and healthy recovery, it is important that, as a patient, you closely follow the set of instructions that your surgical team gives you. More Information
LOW BACK PROCEDURES
Lumbar laminectomy is an operation that involves approaching the spine through an incision in the lower back to remove a portion of the bone over and/or around the nerve roots to provide them additional space.
Pain in the lower back (lumbar spine) and legs, among other symptoms, may occur when an intervertebral disc herniates – when the annulus fibrosus (tough, outer ring) of the disc tears and the nucleus pulposus (soft, jelly-like center) squeezes out, and places pressure on, or “pinches,” an adjacent nerve root.
The procedure using the METRx™ System is an operation on the lumbar spine performed using microscope and microsurgical techniques.
A spinal fusion is simply the uniting of two bony segments, whether a fracture or a vertebral joint. The reason for instrumentation with rods and screws is to act as and ‘internal cast’ to stabilize the vertebra until the fusion, or bony re-growth, can occur.
An Interbody Fusion is the uniting of two bony segments, whether a fracture or a vertebral joint. In time, normally within 4 months, the bone grafts will unite with the vertebrae above and below to form one piece of bone.
Interbody Fusion with Cages
An Interbody Fusion using cages is designed to be a less invasive method to obtain spinal fusion. The procedure can be performed through an anterior or posterior approach.
As you prepare yourself mentally to undergo spinal surgery, you also need to prepare yourself for the recovery period that will follow your operation. While the surgery entails work on the part of the surgeon, after that, the brunt of the work is in your hands. To ensure a smooth and healthy recovery, it is important that, as a patient, you closely follow the set of instructions that your surgical team gives you.
Craniotomy is an operation that involves removing a piece of bone from the skull (cranium) to provide access to the brain and its surrounding structures. The term craniotomy is derived from the Latin words cranium (head) and -otomy (act of cutting, incision).
ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS & TREATMENTS
Adult Onset Hydrocephalus Anatomy of the Brain Anatomy of the Spine and Peripheral Nervous System Astrocytoma Tumors Brain Metastasis Brain Tumors Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenosis Cauda Equina Syndrome Cerebral Aneurysm Cerebrovascular Disease Cervical Spine Chiari Malformation Chronic Pain Concussion Craniofacial Disorders Dystonia Epilepsy Glossary of Neurological Diagnostic Tests Head Injury Herniated Disc Hydrocephalus
Low Back Pain Low Back Strain and Sprain Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Movement Disorders Multiple Sclerosis Neck Pain The Pituitary Gland and Pituitary Tumors Spina Bifida Spinal Cord Injury Sports-Related Head Injury Stem Cell Research Stereotactic Radiosurgery Stroke Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome Treatment Options for Cerebral Aneurysms Trigeminal Neuralgia