Arlene's 'Life Is Back,' Thanks To Surgery To Control Her Hand TremorsThe 69-year-old suffered with a condition called essential tremor that took away control of her hands.
“You don’t realize, when you have two able hands, what tremors will do,” says Arlene.
Meet Neurosurgeon -
"I provide comprehensive surgical spine care for chronic neck, back and limb pain. Using advanced technology in the operating room, I am able to monitor patients neurological function while operating, including brain tumors, addressing trigeminal neuralgia and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's patients. I believe communicating with patients and their families is a key to positive outcomes."
Paul Gigante, MD
Meet Neurosurgeon -
"My philosophy of care is to carefully listen and understand the concerns, symptoms and fears of each patient, while clearly explaining their neurological condition and plan of treatment to their satisfaction. I would like each and every patient and their family members to leave my office with the comfort of understanding the next phase of their care with all questions answered. "
Frederick Harris, MD
Caring for your spine and brainOur doctors and staff provide comprehensive care for many different conditions affecting the spine and brain.
We offer our patients the latest in treatment options, including minimally invasive techniques.
Expert care for all of your spine and brain needs
Our neurosurgical team provides compassionate, comprehensive care for surgical conditions affecting the spine and brain.
Paul Gigante, MD with
neurosurgery patient, Pat.
Our providers and staff strive to provide you with the best care possible. We will provide you with a full explanation of your condition and follow you through the process to make sure your needs are met. Our clinic is located within a physical therapy center and just upstairs from a pharmacy. We can offer all of the care you may need in one building – making access to the care services you need much easier for you.
Conditions we treat
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal fractures
- Spine and spinal cord tumors
- Brain tumors
- Complex spine surgery
- Peripheral nerve (carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve)
- Ruptured discs
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Anteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Subdural hematoma
- Head injury
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's Disease
The Spine and Brain Clinic staff wants to make sure our patients have the best experience possible. Provided below is some information to help you prepare for your visit to our clinic and to provide you with additional information about the services we offer.
The following links include general patient forms and information for our surgical patients. Please fill out the Medical History Form and Medication List before your first visit at our clinic.
News and events
“You don’t realize, when you have two able hands, what tremors will do,” says Arlene Mammen.
The 69-year-old had suffered for years with a condition called essential tremor, that caused her to lose control of her hands. Her quality of life plummeted.
“I couldn’t do anything. I can’t tell you how many times I burned myself with coffee," she says. "I couldn’t get my key in the lock to secure my doors when I left home. I couldn’t swipe my debit card. People, sometimes strangers, helped me with everything.”
Medications improved her hand function for a while but, just after she retired, she noticed a change. Arlene and Paul Gigante, MD, neurosurgeon at Fairview Southdale Hospital, decided to proceed with deep brain stimulation surgery—an option for patients who have not improved with medications.
From the 'brink of death' to recovery
After suffering a ruptured aneurysm while riding his bike, Kevin underwent surgery to remove a blood clot. Thanks to the care he received, Kevin is now home and recovering.
Spine and Brain Clinic now seeing patients in Burnsville
The Spine and Brain Clinic has expanded south of the Minnesota River and will now see patients on limited days at the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center. For an appointment, call 952-836-3695. The specialty care center is located at 14101 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337. It is connected to Fairview Ridges Hospital by a skyway.
At the Spine and Brain Clinic, patients have access to a highly skilled team and the providers bring wealth of expertise with them. Services include care for brain tumors; traumatic brain and spine injury; complex cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery; minimally invasive spine surgery; and spinal deformity surgery.
Save the date: 7th annual Spine, Brain and Stroke Conference
This conference is for physicians, nurses, EMS, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
Nov. 19-20, 2015
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest