Richard P. Menger

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BACKGROUND Traumatic injuries to the thoracolumbar spine result in a high incidence of unstable fractures. The goal of the surgical management is to achieve an adequate decompression and stabilization. We have analyzed operative and postoperative features of anterior surgical approaches. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 45(More)
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare neurodegenerative condition with a rapid disease course and a mortality rate of 100%. Several forms of the disease have been described, and the most common is the sporadic type. The most challenging aspect of this disease is its diagnosis-the gold standard for definitive diagnosis is considered to be(More)
OBJECT Complications following lumboperitoneal (LP) shunting have been reported in 18% to 85% of cases. The need for multiple revision surgeries, development of iatrogenic Chiari malformation, and frequent wound complications have prompted many to abandon this procedure altogether for the treatment of idiopathic benign intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor(More)
BACKGROUND The notion of higher complication rate and mortality in emergency surgeries is well established. There is a paucity of literature demonstrating the impact of emergent versus elective admissions for spinal surgery on the perioperative outcomes. We aim to evaluate the influence of the type of admission (elective or emergent) and day of surgery(More)
BACKGROUND Medicare data showing physician-specific reimbursement for 2012 were recently made public in the mainstream media. Given the ongoing interest in containing healthcare costs, we analyze these data in the context of the delivery of spinal surgery. METHODS Demographics of 206 leading surgeons were extracted including state, geographic area,(More)
UNLABELLED The pathway to military neurosurgical practice can include a number of accession options. This article is an objective comparison of fiscal, tangible, and intangible benefits provided through different military neurosurgery career paths. Neurosurgeons may train through active duty, reserve, or civilian pathways. These modalities were evaluated on(More)
OBJECT Because of the limited data available regarding the associations between risk factors and the effect of hospital case volume on outcomes after resection of intradural spine tumors, the authors attempted to identify these associations by using a large population-based database. METHODS Using the National Inpatient Sample database, the authors(More)
Neurosurgeons provide direct individualized care to patients. However, the majority of regulations affecting the relative value of patient-related care are drafted by policy experts whose focus is typically system- and population-based. A central, prospectively gathered, national outcomes-related database serves as neurosurgery's best opportunity to bring(More)
The purpose of our paper is to present a case of a rare complication of posterior lumbar surgery. Our patient presented for elective lumbar decompression, which was complicated by durotomy. She then developed sudden headache and right eye pain once upright on postoperative day 2. Then on postoperative day 3, she developed a dilated nonreactive pupil with(More)