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Dr. Max B. Merkow lectures on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Danville, CA

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Sponsored by the John Muir Health Neurosciences Institute Dr. Merkow spoke about, “What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery? Does it Work?” on June 6, 2019. The talk was geared towards primary care physicians, pain management physicians, neurologists, and kinesiologists in attendance. Dr. Merkow explained how tubular retractor systems help relieve nerve pressure while preserving important spinal ligaments. He also discussed the role of artificial disc replacement in the cervical spine and minimally invasive hardware placement using intraoperative navigation. The lecture addressed the benefits of oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion and why Dr. Merkow prefers this approach versus lumbar fusion techniques.

Although more technically demanding, the less invasive spinal surgery approaches commonly lead to shorter recovery times and the preservation of normal spine motion/biomechanics.

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.

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.