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Dr. Virella has extensive clinical experience in stereotactic radiosurgery, publishing several peer-reviewed articles with Dr. Antonio DeSalles while he was a resident at UCLA. One form of stereotactic radiosurgery is Gamma Knife. Gamma Knife surgery is recognized worldwide as the preferred treatment for certain types of brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations and brain dysfunctions such as trigeminal neuralgia.
Minimally Invasive Laser Spine Surgery
Dr. Virella is considered a pioneer in the world of minimally invasive laser spine surgery, having worked alongside some of the field's leading visionaries, such as Edward C. Benzel MD and Larry T. Khoo MD. While at UCLA, Dr. Virella worked hand in hand with Dr. Khoo, developing and refining most of the minimally invasive spine surgery techniques that are used worldwide today. This also included involvement in some of the very first minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusions that were performed on the West Coast. His research at UCLA also included work on 3D-Iso CT technologies and spinal image guidance.