Neurosurgical care philosophy:
Whenever possible, nonoperative and less invasive treatments are preferable operations or other invasive procedures. In some cases, surgery is medically necessary and has a better chance of success than a nonoperative course. For the majority of patients that a neurosurgeon sees in his or her daily practice, a non-operative approach is the better treatment option.
In patients who have already seen another neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon and who are considering the option of surgery, Dr. Zunkeler will review the existing imaging studies and the other surgeon's recommendations and provide a second opinion regarding surgical and non-surgical options.In some cases, patients have already undergone neurosurgical or orthopedic spine surgical procedures and are in the, sometimes lengthy, process of recovering from those procedures. Patients are sometimes frustrated about the gap between their expectations going into a surgery and the actual outcomes of their operative procedures. Sometimes patients are interested in another neurosurgeon's opinion about their progress after surgery and about the availability of other treatment options available to them.