Dr. Ammirati removed an extremely large vestibular schwannoma from a young female patient, whose ability to walk in a straight line and smile, or make "normal" facial expressions, were severely diminished.
Watch as Dr. Mario Ammirati guides neurosurgical residents and fellows while he performs an awake craniotomy to remove a brain tumor enmeshed within areas that control motor functions and speech.
Dr. Ammirati removed the entirety of the largest brain tumor he has ever seen from this amazing patient, a retired pediatrician named Dr. Jack Liggett. After 4 years, we spoke with Dr. Liggett and he is still doing great - playing with his grandchildren, traveling and enjoying life.
Dr. Ammirati removed a very large blood clot from a young 33 year-old male patient whose lifestyle involved heavy drinking, a poor diet high in sodium, and a high-stress event in which he inherited the responsibility of running his family's business all alone after his father suddenly passed away. These variables culminated in near-tragedy that was avoidable. The patient was back at work in 2 days after surgery, with a new perspective on life and lifestyle.
A patient came to Dr. Ammirati for a second opinion after he was misdiagnosed several times. Dr. Ammirati believed there was an underlying cause to the patient's symptoms - not just a blood clot - because the patient had no other risk factors. During surgery, Dr. Ammirati found a huge brain tumor hidden behind the patient's blood clot, both of which he successfully removed.
Dr. Ammirati's 20 year-old patient presented with pain in his lower back extending to his leg, with loss of sensation in his glute and then eventually his leg, as well as the inability to urinate. He had seen his primary care provider 8 months prior where they found an issue with his spine, but which the PCP did not render "serious enough" for a neuro consult. This young patient shares his story to help others advocate for themselves.
Dr. Ammirati's 66 year-old patient had been diagnosed with dementia by several institutions such as The Cleveland Cleveland. Her body had deteriorated and she could no longer walk. She and her family continued to search for a solution. It was obvious to Dr. Ammirati that her symptoms were not of dementia; it was a very simple case of normal pressure hydrocephalus that is often mistaken for dementia. After he operated on her, she could walk and enjoy her life again.
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