St. Rita’s health focus: Technology transforming neurosurgery


ST. RITA’SHEALTH FOCUS

Dr. Mario Ammirati - Guest Column



Cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors affect a significant percentage of the population. For example, there are more than 100,000 patients that are diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in the United States every year. Treatment of patients with noncancerous or cancerous brain tumors often times requires surgical removal of the tumor through a neurosurgical operation.

Neurosurgery has undergone a tremendous transformation in the last 10 to 15 years, mainly focused on the introduction of new technology that tries to prevent complications while maximizing excellent outcome. Our Mercy Health–St. Rita’s Neurosurgery Center’s team, that I have the privilege to lead since November 2016, has acquired state-of-the-art technology to support our neurosurgical practice, as well as stay on top of this transformation in neurosurgery.

Technologies we have brought to Lima and to those in our surrounding communities, include top of the line neuronavigation instrumentation that allows the surgeon to safely navigate inside the brain in a way similar to GPS. Furthermore, we also have the latest operating microscope that enables us to have perfect tridimensional vision of the brain through a limited opening. Our team has introduced many new technologies and expertise in neurological care to our community, and we will continue to bring new advancements to the communities we serve.

The end result in providing these types of modern technologies is that the patient may receive advanced treatment of their brain tumor locally without needing to travel out of town. This in turn reduces the stress of having to be away from family, and decreases a patient and their family’s additional worry of travel time.

With all of the new technological advancements we bring to our community, we also bring in a team of doctors and skilled medical professionals who can provide excellent patient care. Myself and Dr. Asem Salma, who is also an excellent and highly-respected neurosurgeon, want to ensure that those in our region are receiving the best overall quality of care. Along with brain tumors, our team also has expertise and clinical interests in the following: skull base surgery, general surgery, neurotrauma, radiosurgery, spine surgery, pituitary tumor and hydrocephalus. We are honored to be able to provide advanced patient care and serving those in our area.

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ST. RITA’SHEALTH FOCUS

Dr. Mario Ammirati

Guest Column

Dr. Mario Ammirati is a neurosurgeon at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Neurosurgery Center and is part of Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute, which provides comprehensive neurological care to patients in Lima and the West Central Ohio region. Dr. Ammirati has been named best neurosurgeon in Ohio from 2007 through 2016 and only one of two best Ohio cancer neurosurgeons by Newsweek in 2015. He and the neurosurgery team are accepting new patients, and can be reached at 419-995-4960 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by visiting mercy.com.

Dr. Mario Ammirati is a neurosurgeon at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Neurosurgery Center and is part of Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute, which provides comprehensive neurological care to patients in Lima and the West Central Ohio region. Dr. Ammirati has been named best neurosurgeon in Ohio from 2007 through 2016 and only one of two best Ohio cancer neurosurgeons by Newsweek in 2015. He and the neurosurgery team are accepting new patients, and can be reached at 419-995-4960 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by visiting mercy.com.

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