August 2020
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Delayed care becomes urgent need

Debilitating back pain is difficult to endure at any time – and to experience it during a pandemic can cause an additional layer of concern. This is the situation Anthony found himself grappling with this spring. After weeks of pain, he accepted an expedited appointment with Kate Walters, PA-C. She immediately recognized the severity of Anthony’s pain from a herniated lumbar disc and Michael Kachmann, MD , performed surgery on Anthony the next day. 
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Mayfield Spine Surgery Center earns Blue Distinction designation

The Mayfield Spine Surgery Center was named among a select group of healthcare facilities to receive the Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Spine Surgery designation from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. These centers show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes.

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Spine fusion class improves patient readiness

Mayfield patients scheduled for spinal fusion surgery are offered an online class to understand expectations, preparation for surgery, and the tools needed for the best possible outcomes. Our physicians play a significant role, but the patient’s involvement is just as important and can greatly affect the end results. 

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Mayfield welcomes neurovascular surgeon, Dr. Ryan Tackla

Ryan Tackla, MD, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon specializing in vascular neurosurgery, has joined Mayfield Brain & Spine. He trained with Mayfield physicians during his residency in neurosurgery and fellowship in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery. Dr. Tackla spent three years in private practice at the Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute. He will see patients at our Norwood office.

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Study shows benefits of earlier radiosurgery for patients with trigeminal neuralgia

Ronald Warnick, MD, co-authored an international, multicenter, retrosprective study that analyzed more than 400 patients with trigeminal neuralgia. The study found that those who underwent Gamma Knife radiosurgery within 4 years of their initial diagnosis experienced pain relief sooner and for a longer duration. They also required less medication to remain pain free.

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Mayfield surgeons part of local team earning national recognition

Three Mayfield neurosurgeons, Vincent DiNapoli, MD, PhD, Yair Gozal, MD, PhD, Ronald Warnick, MD, and The Jewish Hospital Brain Tumor Center team were recognized as one of 16 institutions on the North American Skull Base Society Honor Roll. Skull base tumors, such as acoustic neuroma, meningioma and pituitary adenoma, can be challenging to treat, so a skilled, multidisciplinary team is important.

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Question capability added to MyMayfield portal

Mayfield patients can now ask their provider a question through the MyMayfield portal. Simply login to your account to submit your question for a prompt review and response.

If you have any trouble accessing your MyMayfield portal or need your PIN, call (513) 221-1100 or (800) 325-7787 for assistance.

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Upcoming events

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St. Elizabeth Living Without Limits Webinar

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Topic: Use of Robotics in Spinal Fusion Surgery for Degenerative Spine Conditions 
Presenters: Tann Nichols, MD, Neurosurgeon, Mayfield Brain & Spine

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Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group Webinar

When: Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Topic: The Role of a Physiatrist in the Rehabilitation of Acquired Brain Injury
Presenters: Timothy Foster, MD, UC Health