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Tammy Josker started to shed tears as she watched her 7-year-old son, Matthew, use his hand to point and give a thumbs up—things most kids do without any fanfare.
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Lindsay Lipinski, MD, a fifth-year neurosurgery resident at the University at Buffalo (UB), will spend the month of August in Kijabe, Kenya, a village about 30 miles outside the capital, Nairobi, where she will help treat children with neurosurgical needs at Kijabe Hospital.
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Steven Thomas, a 46-year-old Dunkirk, N.Y. native, was getting a physical in December 2012 when his primary care doctor was concerned about a lump in his neck. Thomas thought the lump may have been swollen lymph nodes. After having an ultrasound of his neck in January 2013, his doctor informed him that he had a tumor and that he would need to have it removed immediately.
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Janice (Jan) Coleman, a 58-year-old Syracuse native, tried to downplay her symptoms as long as she possibly could.
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Anna Olson went to her primary care physician after experiencing back spasms and suffering from falls due to weakening of her legs and loss of balance. Her primary care doctor suspected that a vitamin B12 deficiency was the culprit for this “extremely healthy” 42 year old.
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Dr. Veetai Li, a pediatric neurosurgeon at UBNS, recently spent two weeks in Kijabe, Kenya, a village about 30 miles outside the capital, Nairobi, where he treated children in need at Kijabe Hospital.
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Imagine being told you have an aneurysm the size of a ping pong ball in your brain. Now, envision being told that your aneurysm is inoperable. This is the news 72-year-old John Laseter, a retired marine and United Airlines customer service agent, was given by a neurosurgeon in September.
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Laura Lewis-Mason, certified adult health nurse practitioner at UBNS, returned to Western New York on Sunday, November 18th after spending a week in Haiti where she provided medical care to locals in need.
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"This was very special. I felt like a princess," Bonnie Sibley said. Bonnie wasn't celebrating her birthday nor did she receive a lavish gift. She had undergone a procedure to treat a potentially life-threatening aneurysm in the main artery leading to her brain less than an hour before making the above statements. So, why did she feel special? Her procedure was broadcast l…
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The September 11th tragedy that took place 11 years ago today changed many people’s lives forever. James Budny, MD, University at Buffalo neurosurgeon and Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University at Buffalo, is one of them. After the terrorist attacks occurred on that infamous day, Dr. Budny
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The night before I had a stroke, I was taking care of my uncle, (no blood relation), who suffered a brain aneurysm rupture and who had massive strokes that rendered him paralyzed. A nurse who was also there, called my name twice and I tried to respond but I couldn’t. My head was killing, I had numbness and it was killing me so I took an aspirin and laid down. After about 5-10 minut…
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Donna Bryant describes her experience with a spine infection, which led her to UB Neurosurgery. My daughter, Janelle, had her wedding on September 3rd of last year. That night I was in pain like I never had. I couldn’t dance or walk around and or even see everyone at the wedding. After people started leaving, I said, ‘I really need to go home’ because I was totally exhausted. The…
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Alan Scarrow, MD, JD, President of the Springfield Division of Mercy Clinic in Springfield, Missouri, visited the Gates Vascular Institute on August 9. Dr. Scarrow gave a lecture to several members of the UB Neurosurgery faculty and staff about where he think neurosurgery is headed in the next three to five years as influenced by the amount of public debt that we have, by the econo…
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I am reaching out to you to thank members of UB Neurosurgery for coming to the table immediately to take care of me, saving my soon-to-be wedding from not happening. To begin, when I found out that I had a severe herniation of my L5-S1 disc, I did not know where to turn. A family member recommended me to Dr. Kevin Gibbons at UB Neurosurgery, but warned that it might take some time…
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I’m a 60-year-old female who was diagnosed with a brainstem cavernoma in January of 2012. I had never heard of a cavernoma, and didn’t know anyone that did outside of the medical community. My symptoms came on quickly and included numbness on my left side and changes to my vision in my right eye. My neurologist, Dr. Michael Meyer, told me this was a very rare condition and because …
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I had a massive stroke at 54 on my dominant side with no risk factors. I was an energetic, athletic, outgoing wife, mother of four, grandmother and kindergarten teacher–the least likely person to have a stroke. I was getting my nails done for a wedding when I had my stroke. Luckily I was taken to Gates in time to take advantage of the TPA shot. I spent ten days in intensive care an…
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Here is my blog post regarding the life-saving stroke treatment I received from the drs at UB Neurosurgery in November. I am very happy let anyone and everyone know what a great team they are. I had a baby on November 4, 2011. Ten days later I had a stroke due to a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis – blood clot in my brain. On November 14, 2011 I began having symptoms that I now ca…
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Just ten years ago, treatment options for stroke were limited. Many patients afflicted with stroke simply had no options for stroke treatment beside prevention. Clot-busting medications have been available for decades, but for only a handful of patients. Additionally, these medications are successful only a fraction of the time.
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Stroke 101 - May 04, 2012

May is Stroke Awareness Month. In an effort to increase awareness about stroke, which is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, here is an overview about stroke, including symptoms, risk factors, prevention tips and treatment options available. When blood flows normally through arteries inside the brain, nerve cells receive oxygen which is critical for the brain t…
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Welcome to the UBNS Patient Partners blog. I want to thank everyone for visiting this site and for supporting what we do at UBNS. We encourage your comments and opinions and would love to hear from you. Here is a brief description of what we as physicians do here at UBNS: There is little we do that is more rewarding than bringing people back from a stroke. To see people go from mu…
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