Patient's Benefit from Neuroscience Research Foundation Research
N. A is from
Hershey, PA is a 62 year old who enjoys being able to do his own work around the house.“About two years ago my back started to hurt, said Mr. NA, at first I just continued to do my work but the pain became so intense that I couldn’t do anything at all.”He sought out several physicians and had spinal injections and physical therapy with only minimal results.“The pain in my back was 10 out of 10 and I knew I needed help”, said Mr. N. A. D. K. from Canonsburg, PA had enjoyed good health most of her 67 years, but in November of 2001 she began to have lower back and lower thoracic pain on the left side.“At first my doctors just thought it was arthritis, “ said Mrs. D. K.,“but I didn’t get any better with the pain or arthritis medications.” She noticed that the symptoms began to increased and she was having difficulty with walking and moving her left leg.“I could hardly walk by myself,” said Mrs. D. K., “I had to have my son drive me and I had to hang on the furniture to get around the house.” A MRI then revealed a large tumor pressing on her thoracic spine. R. B. from Greensburg, PA is a 46-year-old Speech Pathologist who, literally, had her life flash before her eyes on September 4, 2002. Mrs. R. B. stated, "Half of my vision was lost for several minutes. My vision was completely lost for a few minutes later that same day. I quickly contacted my
PCP who scheduled an MRI and visual fields tests." These tests showed a 2.5-cm brain tumor located in the area of her pituitary gland along with the recent hemorrhage that most likely had resulted in the blindness episodes. Neuroscience Research Foundation (NRF) is anon-profit foundation has provided support numerous clinical studies of various spinal and brain disorders.NRF was founded in 1985 and supports clinical neurosurgical research that will help make patients with neurosurgically treated conditions have improved outcomes and faster recoveries.The unique aspect of this foundation is that is primarily funded by donations from grateful patients.
The NRF has supported over 30 clinical research studies in the field of neuroscience.This has resulted in numerous scientific articles, abstracts and national presentations.“We are very proud to support Dr. El Kadi with his minimally invasive interbody fusion research”, states Dr. Maroon, “because not only is it on the cutting edge of fusion surgery, he has seen excellent results which will convince other spinal neurosurgeons that we don’t have to be so aggressive with our fusions in order to obtain spine stability and pain relief”. “Additionally, the foundation has supported other research in the areas of cervical and lumbar spine and brain surgery for which many patients including the three mentioned here have benefited from”, stated Dr. Maroon. N. A., who was treated by Dr. El Kadi, was an ideal candidate for a study using interbody fusion. This surgery re-expands the disc space and also fuses the L5-S1 level to stop the movement that can cause the disabling pain with movement that Mr. N. A. suffered.“I am able to mow my grass and do anything I want.The operation was a great success”, related Mr. N. A.. Mrs. D. K. is now able to walk and carry out her daily activities following her tumor removal by Dr. El Kadi and Mrs. R. B. also had excellent results once her tumor was resected by Dr. Maroon and is now able to see normally. The goal in all cases is to allow the patient to resume all the activities they did prior to their injury or disease condition whenever possible. These patients excellent results along with other patients involved in various clinical research has provided clinical evidence for several new techniques, and has been presented at several national neurosurgical meeting and are be the basis of many scientific articles.