Dallas, Texas – May 2012 – Pine Creek Medical Center recently welcomed – Frank Feigenbaum M.D, a Board- Certified Neurosurgeon from Kansas City, with extensive experience treating Tarlov Cyst patients. Specializing in minimally invasive spine-procedures, Dr. Feigenbaum has been instrumental in developing and teaching the techniques used by spine surgeons worldwide. One of only three U.S. physicians operating on Tarlov cysts, Dallas/Fort Worth will be a medical destination for U.S. and international patients seeking relief from this rare disorder. “The community will be greatly impacted by Dr. Feigenbaum’s presence here. Pine Creek Medical Center is on the cutting edge of neuro-musculoskeletal surgeries. We could not be more thrilled that Dr. Feigenbaum has joined our elite group of physicians,” says Dr. Corazon Ramirez, CEO of PCMC.
Tarlov cysts are dilations of the nerve root sheaths that create abnormal sacs filled with cerebrospinal fluid causing a progressively painful radiculopathy (nerve pain) in the back (or neck) area. These cysts are located most prevalently at the S2 and S3 level of the sacrum. The sacrum is the fused triangle shaped bone comprised of the five sacral vertebrae forming the base of the spine or “tail bone”. Tarlov cysts can form in any section of the spine; patients can have cysts at more than one location of the spine or have cysts at multiple locations. Some patients have cysts in all sections of the spine, including cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral.
With debilitating back pain, everyday life and activities can become difficult and many times impossible. Many patients that seek Dr. Feigenbaum’s expertise have experienced countless specialty physician visits, multiple surgeries, and feel like they are at the end of their rope. With desperation, many patients actively search the internet looking for help. Dr. Feigenbaum’s specialized techniques and outcomes research over the past few years singles him out as the only Tarlov Cyst surgeon worldwide to show statistical improvements in his patients. Partnering with Sarah Cannon Research Institute (a strategic research organization focusing on advancing therapies for patients) adds credibility and independent validation and of these improvements.
Feigenbaum Tarlov Cyst Outcomes Research
The results over the past few years have these positive conclusions. Leg pain (91.4%), sacral pain (89%), and leg numbness (87.5%) were the three most commonly reported preoperative symptoms.
The responses from four unique self-assessments of pain, quality of life, and functionality indicated a trend toward improvement in all areas following surgery
A 2010 surgery patient from New York said:
“I am nine months out from surgery and feel I have improved at least 85% so far. Before surgery, my life was medications, pain and inactivity. Now I am pain-free most days. I can’t stress enough, how important it is to have a top-notch surgeon like Dr. Feigenbaum performing such a delicate surgery. I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his staff. I will always be grateful!! They Believe…Trust Them…Live Again.”
Frank Feigenbaum M.D. is the Medical Director of the Tarlov Cyst Institute, working out of Pine Creek Medical Center’s newest facility addition at:
9080 Harry Hines Blvd, Suite #220, Dallas, TX 75235
Phone (214) 351-8450/ Fax (214) 351-8451