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Hospital’s addition of neurosurgeon adds to spine care services at both campuses

New Britain [September 07 2007] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut welcomes neurosurgeon Edward Akeyson, M.D., Ph.D., to its medical staff.

Akeyson has office locations at 114 W. Main St. in New Britain and at the Barnes Medical Building, 209 Main St., Southington. He is also working with the hospital to develop outpatient minimally invasive spine services at The Hospital of Central Connecticut to further meet patient needs.

Akeyson, of Madison, says that outpatient surgery for patients needing disc repair is an especially welcomed option. “This enables them to arrive for same-day care, be operated on, and recover and leave within a matter of hours,” he says.

Degenerative discs are the most common cause of ongoing back pain, and quite common in people over age 35, says Akeyson. Such pain is typically in the lower or lumbar spine and caused by soft tissue breakdown between two vertebrae. A herniated disc can cause pain, numbness or weakness when it presses on nerve roots. Treatment for both conditions focuses on exercise, rest, mild medications and possible steroid injections before reparative surgery is considered, he says.

In addition to minimally invasive surgery, Akeyson will also provide more complex spinal fusion surgery to stabilize the spine damaged by spinal stenosis, as well as intracranial surgery for a number of conditions, including brain tumors and aneurysms.

Akeyson, a board-certified neurosurgeon, most recently practiced in Greater New Haven. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and is a member of several professional associations.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, ext. 6507

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