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Dr. Kenneth Irwin Lipow, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Kenneth Lipow practices Neurological Surgery in Bridgeport, CT. As a Neurological Surgeon, Dr. Lipow prevents, diagnoses, evaluates, and treats disorders of the autonomic, peripheral, and central nervous systems. Neurological Surgeons are trained to treat such disorders as spinal canal stenosis, herniated discs, tumors, fractures, and spinal deformities, among many others.
41 years Experience
Dr. Kenneth Irwin Lipow, M.D.
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

I am due for back surgery. Should I be doing any preparations before the surgery?

Stop smoking if you do, reduce your weight, start exercising if you can, e.g. swim.

Can amniocentesis cause brain damage in a baby?

Usually no risk or very low risk. Hemiathetosis is usually a spontaneous etiology.

Are all tumors cancerous?

No, frequently intracranially tumors can be benign or successfully treated after biopsy or excision.

Can lower back pain lead to paralysis?

Lower back pain by itself does not lead to paralysis. The root cause of the pain should be determined through competent history taking, examination and imaging, etc. The low back READ MORE
Lower back pain by itself does not lead to paralysis. The root cause of the pain should be determined through competent history taking, examination and imaging, etc. The low back pain can be cured once the source is known.

I am having extreme fatigue and dizziness for the last one week. Could it be brain tumor?

It is more likely that you don’t have a brain tumor, and have a purely medical condition. If it persists then have a formal full medical, physical exam.

Can vertigo be treated?

You should have a competent, full medical exam and evaluation including a head MRI if the headaches continue, but it's very unlikely that you would have a tumor or life-threatening READ MORE
You should have a competent, full medical exam and evaluation including a head MRI if the headaches continue, but it's very unlikely that you would have a tumor or life-threatening disease. Finding the source leads to effective treatment and possible cure.

Is pituitary adenoma life-threatening?

Usually not. If you have hormonal dysfunction then this can be corrected medically and surgically.

Can venous aneurysm cause headache?

First of all, vein of Galen aneurysms are low pressure sacs which is probably not causing your headaches. I would reccomend a complete physical exam to look for medical causes READ MORE
First of all, vein of Galen aneurysms are low pressure sacs which is probably not causing your headaches. I would reccomend a complete physical exam to look for medical causes before anything else.

My baby's head size is big. Is it due to any abnormality?

The baby may be autocorrecting for the large head diameter as normal growth curves are achieved, if not then a medical evaluation is warranted with head ultrasound or scanning. READ MORE
The baby may be autocorrecting for the large head diameter as normal growth curves are achieved, if not then a medical evaluation is warranted with head ultrasound or scanning.

Can a back injury cause neurological defects?

A low back injury would not affect your upper body, arms, or hands unless there was concurrent cervical spine injury or head injury. This calls for a complete neurological exam READ MORE
A low back injury would not affect your upper body, arms, or hands unless there was concurrent cervical spine injury or head injury. This calls for a complete neurological exam to find the cause of your complaints.

Can back pain cause headaches?

There usually is not direct correlation of the back pain with the headaches unless there was an associated head injury.

My sister lost her vision due to an accident. Is it possible to get the vision back?

Recovery of vision is directly related to the reason for the loss of sight. A full neurological assessment and appropriate MRI and CTT scanning are indicated as well as visual READ MORE
Recovery of vision is directly related to the reason for the loss of sight. A full neurological assessment and appropriate MRI and CTT scanning are indicated as well as visual field and ophthalmologic examinations are indicated.

Can a blood clot in the brain be removed by medicines alone?

If it is small and acute, then the clot will probably dissolve and be absorbed naturally. If it is acute and expanding, then surgery would be indicated based on suitable imaging READ MORE
If it is small and acute, then the clot will probably dissolve and be absorbed naturally. If it is acute and expanding, then surgery would be indicated based on suitable imaging studies. If it is chronic and expanding, then surgery may be indicated to evacuate or drain it.

What is a coma?

Coma is a state of complete unresponsiveness to any stimuli. It can be caused by medical or traumatic conditions.

Recovery from craniotomy?

It is normal to still have post traumatic issues like decreased concentration at 2 weeks post head trauma.