Dr. Cook began offering state of the art, cutting edge, neuroendoscopy and keyhole brain surgery right here in Oklahoma over six years before OU, and minimally invasive spine surgery before the Laser Spine Institute was even founded.
While surgery is rarely the first choice of treatment, it sometimes becomes the only option when all other non-invasive treatments have failed. By using minimally invasive techniques in all aspects of neurosurgery, hospital stay and recovery time are shortened, while patient discomfort is minimized. A few examples:
Brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia treated through keyhole approaches or endoscopically, with hidden incisions, without shaving the head. Most go home the next day.
Non-coilable brain aneurysms clipped using non-invasive 3D CTA rather than transfemoral angiography. Again, most go home the next day.
Pituitary tumor removal patients have no incisions, have no nasal packing to remove, and can go home the next day.
Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery done endoscopically through a 3/8 inch incision, with no sutures to remove, no incision on the hand, no bandage or splint to wear, and no activity restrictions. Most patients go back to work the next day.
Single and multilevel lumbar and cervical microdecompression done through a small tube using a tiny incision as an outpatient.
Minimally invasive lumbar spine interbody fusion and instrumentation patients go home the next day with 1 inch or less incisions, and “open” fusion patients go home in 24 to 48 hours.
Failing or infected shunts removed permanently from obstructive hydrocephalus patients by relieving the obstruction endoscopically.
Dr. Cook has been in practice in Oklahoma since finishing training at UCLA in 2004, with offices in Norman and South OKC. His colleagues and he provide neurosurgical coverage for Community Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, and Southwest Medical Center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. He is accepting new patients with any of a variety of neurosurgical problems such as brain and spine tumors, pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, brain aneurysms, Chiari malformations, hydrocephalus, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other nerve entrapment syndromes.
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