with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders
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Dr. Virella personally evaluates and treats each patient himself. Our patients see an MD and not a Resident or Nurse.
Skilled Neurosurgeon Dr. Anthony Virella, specializes in complex Brain and Spine Surgical Procedures.
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Nail Gun Case
The patient is a 49 year old male who tried to commit suicide by nailing three large nails into his head. This patient was picked up by the California Highway Patrol for speeding and brought in to the Emergency Room with a "splitting headache" and seizures. Skull x rays reveals three 3 inch nails embedded into the patients skull and brain. He was taken to the operating room where he underwent removal of two nails by two separate supratentorial craniotomies. He was then turned into the prone position on the Mayfield headholder to undergo a third posterior fossa craniotomy for nail removal. He underwent successful removal of all three nails and had a full post operative recovery with resolution of all seizure activity and return to normal activities.
Lateral Skull xay Xray showing the 3 nails embedded in skull and brain.
AP Skull xray
Head CT Head CT showing the nails before surgery.
Removing the nails Intraoperative photo showing Dr. Virella removing one of the nails via a craniotomy.
Intraoperative Photo One of the nails being removed.
Photograph of the 3 nails after removal Intraoperative photo of all 3 nails after removal, nails noted to be 3 inches long.