Dr. Jeffrey D. Gross, MD
Neurosurgeon4700 von Karman Ave. Suite 1000 Newport Beach CA, 92660
Dr. Jeffrey Gross practices Neurological Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and in Henderson, NV. As a Neurological Surgeon, Dr. Gross 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. Dr. Jeffrey D. Gross MD focuses mainly on issues involving the spine, its structure, coversings, and neurological structures passing through and beyond. He will see second opinions, including on a remote videoconference basis, and often handles failed surgeries from elsewhere, and complex cases with multiple pain generators.
Education and Training
U.C. Berkely AB 1988
George Washington Univ Med MD 1992
U. C. Irvine, & Long Beach VA Surgical internship 1993
U. C. Irvine, & Long Beach VA Neurosurgical Residency 1997
Univ of New Mexico & VA Hosp Fellowship Spine Biomechanics 1998
Univ of New Mexico & VA Hosp Chief Residency Neurosurgery 1999
Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological SurgeryABNS
Dr. Jeffrey D. Gross, MD's Expert Contributions
Neck pain? Let's figure it out and help you!I hope you benefit from my blog on neck pain:Neck pain may occur in a variety of circumstances and can be associated with headaches, jaw and ear symptoms, upper back pain, stiffness (with reduced neck motion), and shoulder/arm radiating symptoms including...
Second Opinions Before Surgery! What is a Surgical Second Opinion? A surgical second opinion is a completely separate consultation visit with a different spine surgeon and/or neurosurgeon. During that detailed and thorough consultation, the neurosurgeon or spine surgeon takes a complete history...
The answer completely depends on the specific nerve surgery and the severity of the damage. A nerve repair could take a year to reach its maximum benefit. A nerve decompression (like a carpal tunnel release) can start to provide benefits right away, and recover in weeks. READ MORE
It is recommended that severe symptoms should be promptly evaluated by a physician with top possibilities being cervical radiculopathy vs. carpal tunnel syndrome, although the onset is not typical for carpal tunnel syndrome. Other possibilities exist, and it would be useful to know if it is just one hand vs. both. READ MORE
Typically, unless something adverse occurred during the procedure, sharp intense surgical site (incisional/reconstructive) pain diminishes by about 5-10% after the third post-operative day, decreasing a few percentage points a day, thereafter. If the pain is neural (nerve related), there should not be sharp shooting pain if the nerve was adequately decompressed. There are other less common factors which can change these numbers, and they only exist as a general guide. By 12 days after surgery, most reasons for surgery (and pain related thereto) should be improving. Make sure to communicate this with your surgeon! READ MORE
Neurons that do not completely die off after a stroke can improve and regenerate their function along their axonal path. Function of neurons that are completely lost by cell death can be taken up by other neurons through a process called "plasticity." Optimal healing requires aggressive and frequent cognitive and physical/occupational therapies for 12-18 months followed by maintenance care. READ MORE
It is possible you may have hit your head on the bottom, but also shaking your head violently is not a good idea. If that was not willful, it could have been a seizure or something like a seizure. The brain does move a bit within the head, but it is unlikely that you feel it hitting the back of your head. The brain fog is a more concerning symptom and could be concussive. Please see your doctor, as a full neurological examination and possibly imaging of the brain would be considered reasonable. READ MORE
There are multiple different nerves and various types of damage in the hand, but generally speaking, hand physical therapy ("occupational") is first. Certain medications can assist if there is nerve pain. There are also regenerative/stem cell approaches as well. If a nerve is cut / severed, surgery is usually required. READ MORE
An untreated herniated disc, over time, may improve clinically (e.g. pain). The herniated portion may, in a small number of people, get smaller and "resorb" (not absorb). Other times, the herniation may remain, even if the symptoms improve. The flip side is that any symptoms may persist and become more chronic. If there is structural change over time, such as disc height loss, there can be additional sources of pain from the disc structure, the facet joints, and/ or involvement of the exiting nerve paths called the "foramine." READ MORE
"Pinched nerves" in the neck are most often from "slipped discs," better known as herniated discs. These neck problems can often cause dizziness by also compressing the vertebral artery(s) in the neck and/or by reducing movement in the neck (which diminishes the ability of the equilibrium centers in the brain stem to detect position and, hence, cause dizziness). So, in short, YES is the answer. READ MORE
Interestingly, the return of nerve function (including any related "regeneration") involves tingling, numbness, and sometimes a sense of discomfort, burning, itching, or pain. This can be similar to what many patients call "nerve pain" and is most commonly found with return of superficial sensory nerves (seen after a healing of a surgical incision, for example). READ MORE
I am sorry to say that there is no answer that fits everyone. Strokes are highly variable as to which part of the brain is affected, how much of the brain is affected, which part of the body is "paralyzed," and whether or not such paralysis is complete. Other variables include age, health, plasticity, and treatment available. You are young, so that is a good sign. For the purposes of my answer, I am assuming "stroke" to mean a cerebrovascular occlusive event, and not a hemorrhage or something else. Good luck! READ MORE
Limiting my answer to the spinal nerve (roots), these structures can be irritated, compressed, or bothered which can cause "damage" or sorts both temporarily or permanently. Symptoms may include such things as radiating pain (often from the neck to the shoulder blade, arm and hand, or up behind the ear and back of the skull), numbness, tingling, and/or weakness. READ MORE
The short answer is many, but generally speaking, the nerves to the face and scalp, and involved muscles can be involved in tension headaches; nerves to the meninges (the lining of the brain) such as the Vagus nerve can cause headaches. Nerves from the brain stem area (cranial nerves) can also cause certain headache syndromes. Some headaches to not come from nerves. READ MORE
This depends on the type of damage and where, but generally, painful or disabling symptoms affiliated with nerve damage often carry psychological coping issues, for children and adults. Those can lead to behavioral changes. READ MORE
If you failed other treatments, and the symptoms are significant, the surgical results are excellent. Nothing is 100% or guaranteed, of course. READ MORE
Probably not, although a pinched SPINAL CORD in the neck can affect MOST of the body. Having said that, a "pinched nerve" can have secondary effects such as compensatory positioning, headaches, and other reflexive adjustments that can effect other parts of the body. READ MORE
Depends on the type of vertigo and what caused it. Look up Eppley's manuevers. READ MORE
It all depends on how bad the herniation is (both in size, and on its creation of problematic symptoms) and what the rest of the native disc looks like (such as, is it badly collapsed). One must take care of his back, especially if is injured with avoiding stress on the spine and rehabilitating the supporting elements through stretching and strengthening. As long as are there are no hard neurological deficits, like weakness, and you can tolerate the pain, things should improve with time. You can speed up the recovery with rehabilitation as noted. READ MORE
It all depends on the cause and type of vertigo. The headaches may not necessarily be the cause of vertigo, but could be another clue or symptom to what is causing all these problems. If "pain" is in the neck, this area may be the cause of all three of those symptoms. Further evaluation as to the cause can lead to options to treat the symptoms which are therefore hopefully not permanent. READ MORE
Generally no in most places. The E.R. is more of a triage setting. If you are not in serious or critical condition - you are released to deal with your pain electively. Very few emergency rooms have good access to MRI. They may do x-rays, or sometimes, a CT (CAT) scan. It is more likely, you will be recommended to see a spine specialist who will order your MRI. READ MORE
Speaking generally, the nerves coming from (and to) your brain to (and from) your body pass through the spine. An issue with a spinal disc, or other forms of narrowed nerve pathways can bother nerves in the spine and cause various neurological symptoms, including shooting pain. You need a full exam and possibly a lumbar MRI to see if the source of pain can be identified, and then addressed. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Top Doctor 2020 2020 Top Docs
- NIH research fellow 1983 NIH and American Heart Association
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- Joint Section on Spine
- California Association of Neurological Surgeons
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- WHO COVID FUND
- FEMA emergency volunteer
- Access to care champion
- Non-surgical and minimally invasive approaches. Second opinions.
- University of California
- Spine Fellowship, University of New Mexico
Areas of research
Stem cell and regenerative medicine
Robotics in Medicine
Artifical neural networks
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