GREENEVILLE, TN – Osteoporosis sufferers take note. Relief from the debilitating disease is now available in Greeneville.
Board-certified neurosurgeon Scott C. Dulebohn will be performing surgeries at Takoma Adventist Hospital that will help those suffering the incapacitating effects of this silent disease.
Dulebohn will discuss this minimally invasive procedure called “Kyphoplasty” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center. A catered lunch will precede the “Time Out For Your Health” program at 11:30 a.m.
“This surgery has remarkable results,” said Dulebohn, who is nationally recognized as an expert in Kyphoplasty.
He has successfully performed nearly 300 surgeries, placing him in the top 10 percent of neurosurgeons in the entire country. “About 90 percent of those patients who were wheelchair-bound prior to the surgery are fully mobile in one week,” Dulebohn said.
Kyphoplasty can help osteoporosis suffers receive:
· Improved posture, with even some height restored
· Improved quality of life
· Pain reduction
· Less future incidents of fractures.
The procedure begins with a small incision, in which a thin needle about the size of the tip of a ball point pen is inserted. A special balloon is inserted through the needle into fractured area, such as the spine. Thick plastic is then inserted into the balloon, filling the space.
“It’s a brief procedure that lasts about an hour typically,” Dulebohn explained, noting that he prefers to perform Kyphoplasty with only local anesthesia. “Patients receive optimal results that way.”
Dulebohn, who has opened an outpatient office on the second floor of the new Takoma Medical Office Building at the corner of East Vann Road and Takoma Avenue, graduated with highest honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in economics.
He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1989, and performed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Illinois, where he was chief resident from 1994-1995.
Dulebohn taught neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska and helped direct the neurosurgery pain program there for two years. He then practiced neurosurgery and taught at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, initiating a complex spine and pain program from 1997 to 2005.
He has completed many research projects in pain, spine and tumor treatment, adding that he plans to “develop these programs in the Tri-Cities area.”
Dulebohn is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the American Medical Association; the North American Spine Society; the American Association of Neurological Surgery; the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; the Joint Neurosurgical Society of Pain, Spine and Tumor; the Oregon Medical Association; the Minnesota Medical Association; and the International Spine Intervention Society.
He is a partner at Appalachian Neurosurgical Clinic in Johnson City.
Dulebohn lives in the Johnson City area with his wife, Heidi, and their dog, Beau. When not practicing medicine, he enjoys bicycling, kayaking and computers.
Cost for the monthly “Time Out” program is $5, which includes a heart-healthy lunch. Reservations are requested. For more information, please call the Takoma Hospital Volunteers at 639-3151, Ext. 2103.