Dr. Jerry Marlin M.D. Neurological Surgeon
I humbly thank my patients and physicians in and around Dallas for honoring me again in 2010 and 2011 and for the third decade in the "D" magazine as one of the best neurosurgeons in Dallas, Texas.
I appreciate the patience of my old and new patients as I take time to listen to each person and perform thorough exams trying to care for each person, one patient at a time. I still find that repeat follow up examinations help me understand your problems better. I hope that you as the patient, also find with repeat exams and additional consultations, a better understanding of your condition. Please always bring with you to the office your MRI or CT scan images often on a CD. I will review them with you these images using spine and brain models in order to help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment options and my recommendations.
If you are coming to the office, please first fill out the office questionnaire and insurance forms before your consultation. (to link to the papers click here)
I have performed for years, all operations with a microscope or minimally invasive brain and spinal surgical procedures. I use the intra-operative microscope and occasionally endoscopy. The benefits of faster healing and less pain can not be understated.
However I am conservative neurosurgeon and the majority of patient's referred to me do not require surgery for their spinal disease and are treated medically and with physical therapy and rehabilitation.
New advances in neurological surgery have emerged. One exceptional operation for the past 5 years is the implantation of Cervical Spine artificial discs. Using this Medtronic Prestige implant system, cervical disc Arthroplasty or disc replacement surgery is commonly performed. For a list of commonly performed operations, click here.
Your initial visit is important but for years, I have found the follow up office evaluation and neurological exams are invaluable. The discussions related to the long term care of your condition are often just as important as the surgical procedure. I strive to improve your outcome after surgery during follow up office visits, not just at the time of your operation and hospital stay. Especially if you have a spinal disorder or pain, teaching you to focus on a better posture and proper methods of preventative care and rehabilitation are mandatory. Patients with spinal disorders need instructions on reconditioning their body and spine. Such treatment has a profound beneficial effect and increases the likelihood of an excellent outcome. The patient needs to understand their spinal condition and maintain the exercises etc... recommended by the doctor or physical therapist to assure a good outcome long term. The return appointments help improve upon your rehabilitation and medical care for your condition and to be certain that no clinical changes are occurring. These visits discussing rehabilitation and medical care for a patient's cerebral or spinal or peripheral nerve disorder are time consuming but quite valuable to the health of my patients. Don't miss your appointment and if you do, schedule a follow up visit.
Decades ago I developed a computer based electronic medical record system which is still used to easily access all possible health information of all my patients. I continue to strive to protect the confidential information and have immediate access to these electronic medical charts as in 1996. The ability to link to the THR hospital based, medical record software system containing patient's information also has expanded the versatility of this system. The ability to recall data and look at intra-operative photographs or CT and MRI and x-ray images has been at times lifesaving. However over the years, access to medical information on web sites containing pharmacy and drug information and on line books and journal articles simultaneously has been a wonderful addition to this busy physician's practice.
For years, the MRI Brain Suite at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been extremely beneficial. This operating room suite is used whenever possible in the surgical treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors. I continue to operate in the Brain Suite using the intra-operative MRI scan system. After performing the third case in the United States and second in this operating room suite, the benefit of being able to use the intra-operative MRI and stereotactic techniques to localize precisely brain or spinal cord lesions remains invaluable for all patients. One of the most significant benefits is being able to perform microscopic surgery with the smallest cranial or spinal canal opening and navigating directly to the tumor or lesion requiring resection. This microscopic techniques is such surgery is ultimate minimally invasive surgery. During surgery while the patient is under anesthesia, the MRI is repeated in order to help make surgical decisions based on the extent of tumor resection or unsuspected bleeding sites or even the degree of surrounding cerebral edema. During and after surgery the patient's family will be updated on the progress of the surgery. Please be comforted as the nursing care in the operating room and intensive care at THR Presbyterian Hospital Dallas remains exceptional.
I hope that my previous patient found MY OLD MEDICAL WEB SITE helpful in decision making and being well informed regarding surgery and their health. I wanted patients to be better able to continue treatment of their neurosurgical condition with an improved long term outcome. The web site was created around 1995-1996 when few medical informative web sites existed with comprehensive medical information.
Please search the Internet as many excellent web sites now offer useful medical information helping patient's understand their illnesses and treatment options. Ask your physician questions related to your health and become well informed and knowledgeable about your health condition and treatment options required for your illness or cerebral or spinal disease process. Surgery has risks and benefits that have to be considered before undergoing an operation.
To read about diseases affecting the spine and brain and see pictures of surgery or CT and MRI scans images of these conditions... please click here. Information on lumbar and cervical disc herniations, spondylosis and common brain tumors will again soon be available.
Bioethical issues require careful thought and open discussion with the patient and often along with family members. Ask your physician to openly discuss issues such as Do Not Resuscitate or end of life issues with you. To read about my thoughts on such issues as pain and suffering or discussions about who will be making decisions for you, if you the patient becomes unable to speak or comatose, or when dealing with a terminal illness or end of life issue click here to start your reading and search for Bioethics information.
PROVIDING PRIVATE NEUROSURGICAL CARE AT TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCE PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DALLAS LOCATED AT 8200 WALNUT HILL LANE DALLAS, TEXAS 75231.
DR. MARLIN IS BOARD CERTIFIED NEUROLOGICAL SURGEON
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