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Neurosurgery

We specialize in disorders that impact any part of the nervous system, which may include the brain, spine or peripheral nerves. Conditions treated range from life-threatening brain tumors, to disorders impacting quality of life, such as back pain and carpel tunnel syndrome.

In The News

La Crosse hospital recognized for surgical quality

The hospital in La Crosse has achieved meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care based on outstanding composite quality scores in eight areas.

November 5, 2021
Eau Claire hospital recognized for surgical quality

The hospital in Eau Claire has achieved meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care based on outstanding composite quality scores in eight areas.

November 5, 2021

From The Blog

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9 questions to ask your spine surgeon

Surgery isn't always needed for back pain. But when it is, it's important to get all your questions answered. Ask your spine surgeon these questions when facing the prospect of back surgery.

Meghan Murphy MD By Meghan Murphy June 8, 2022
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Decompress and stabilize: Understanding types of back surgery

If nonsurgical treatments have failed to improve stress, strain and pain in your back, surgery may be the next option. Learn about the two categories of back surgery and when each is recommended.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer May 20, 2022
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Complex spine surgery helps Belinda Purdy walk again

Debilitating hip and low back pain was keeping Belinda on the sidelines. A two-part spine surgery realigned her spine, relieved her pain and got her moving.

Navid Khezri MD By Navid Khezri April 22, 2022
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Treating, repairing the body's electrical system

The nervous system receives and relays sensory information like vision, sound, smell, taste, touch and pain. Learn about the differences between the central and peripheral nervous systems, and if damaged nerves can be repaired.

Manish Sharma MBBS By Manish Sharma March 14, 2022
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Not all low back pain is the same

Low back pain can range from intense to a dull ache. Learn about eight spinal conditions, the pain you could experience and when it's time to schedule an appointment.

Kendall Snyder, M.D. By Kendall Snyder February 18, 2022
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Q&A: Surgery for low back pain

Most people with back pain don't require surgery, but there are situations when it's the best option. Get answers to 7 FAQ about low back surgery, including signs that it may be necessary.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer November 11, 2021
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Can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated without surgery?

If diagnosed early, learn how this wrist injury can be treated with a variety of nonsurgical options and alternative medicine therapies.

Manish Sharma MBBS By Manish Sharma November 9, 2021
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7 common low back pain FAQ

About 4 in 5 U.S. adults experience back pain, with symptoms ranging from a minor inconvenience to debilitating. Read answers to 7 FAQ about low back pain.

October 28, 2021
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Pain, pain go away: Back pain causes, solutions

About 80% of adults experience temporary back pain. But if the pain lingers, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. In this webinar, two neurosurgeons discuss the causes of back pain and when to seek medical care.

October 22, 2021
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Back pain self-care tips

Almost 80% of adults say they have experienced back pain. Follow these steps to protect from further injury and ease your pain.

Kendall Snyder, M.D. By Kendall Snyder September 9, 2021
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Surgery to correct scoliosis helps Pat Druckenmiller move again

After avoiding surgery for 24 years, pain from arthritis and scoliosis made it difficult for Pat to walk. Learn how neurosurgery stabilized her spine and eliminated the pain.

August 25, 2021
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Sciatica and radiculopathy: Peculiar names for shooting back, leg pain

Sciatica causes sharp, shooting lower back pain spreading down the leg. Learn about treatments and when to see your health care provider.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer July 9, 2021