Neurosurgery involves the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord, spinal column, and peripheral nerves. Every year in the US alone, millions of people suffer from treatable neurosurgical conditions, but will never gain access to proper therapy due to a number of reasons. Foremost is the lack of access to an experienced, board-certified neurosurgeon, a further lack of access to the proper medical facilities with the right technology and equipment to carry out these advanced medical procedures, and the appropriate team of caring individuals to provide the best care.

Dr. Scott Glickman is a board-certified neurosurgeon at Las Vegas Neurosurgical Institute (LVNI), a collective of medical professionals that seeks to bridge the gap between medical need and access to neurosurgical professionals and advanced medical equipment in the southern Nevada region.

Dr. Scott Glickman has extensive experience in the complex surgical management of:
Spinal injury & spinal tumors

    • Traumatic brain injury and head trauma
    • Brain tumors & brain recovery
    • Neurovascular and movement disorders

Minimally Invasive Surgery

The heart of Dr. Glickman’s practice is the ethos that minimally invasive surgery is the best way to ensure optimal care and medical outcomes for patients. Dr. Glickman has been a pioneer in the forefront of minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures, and his relocation to the greater Las Vegas area is a boon to the local population that used to travel out of state to receive state-of-the-art, minimally invasive neurosurgical care.

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Minimally invasive spinal reconstruction

Why Minimally Invasive matters?

According to Dr. Glickman, compared with open operations, minimally invasive surgeries often have the same or better results, often getting patients out of the hospital, into recovery, and back to their lives, including work much more rapidly. Some of its benefits are:

  • Less damage to adjacent tissues and muscles
  • Preservation of normal anatomy
  • Less blood loss
  • Faster recovery time
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Surgical correction of spinal deformity (collapses vs erect)

Why Technology Matters?

One of the reasons why minimally invasive surgery is now possible is because of the advanced technology that allows for a greater level of accuracy and detail. The neurosurgeon can now plan better and perform the procedure better due to advanced imagery and robotic accuracy. One such advancement is the Synaptive Robotic Exoscopic Arm.

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Advanced neurosurgery in application

Synaptive Robot Exoscope

The Synaptive Robotic Arm is a next-generation technology that has revolutionized neurosurgery. This state-of-the-art medical technology is new to the Las Vegas area. Dr. Glickman was instrumental in bringing the Synaptive Robotic Arm and navigation platform to Southern Nevada, and he is the only surgeon in Nevada currently certified to use it. This navigation and robotic tool lets surgeons perform their jobs with high precision, aimed at treating various neurological conditions, such as brain tumors, vascular lesions, aneurysms, skull-based lesions, and spinal disorders. The Synaptive Robotic Arm, which uses a high-powered digital robotic exoscope (guided external camera microscope) and light sources, is also useful in increasing the success rate of minimally invasive spine surgeries. It is like having a navigable pair of eyes with a gigantic set of screens, shares Dr. Glickman.

Dr. Glickman, in partnership with Mountain View Hospital is the first medical institution in Las Vegas to have the Synaptive Robotic Arm, planning, and navigation platform, and – as previously stated – Dr. Glickman is the only neurosurgeon in the state who is pioneering its use. Through extensive experience with neurosurgery, minimally invasive techniques, and advanced technology, Dr. Glickman is able to treat advanced disorders and diseases of both the brain and spine.

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Pedicle screw placement via minimally invasive approach for spinal reconstruction

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgery is among the most complex categories of medicine. One small cut can erase an entire lifetime. This is why minimally invasive surgery means so much to Dr. Glickman.

His drive to advance minimally invasive techniques focuses on the promise that surgical decisions are made with the most accurate planning, and executed with precision and detailed action. This is why Dr. Glickman depends on advanced 3D brain imaging technology to “know before you go”. Proper planning is a prerequisite to proper surgery.

Dr. Glickman’s Mantra:
“Every procedure begins with proper indication, preparation, and localization.”

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Minimally-invasive-techniques used to repair fractures, osteoporosis and spinal instability

Spinal Neurosurgery

One of the greatest targets of minimally invasive neurosurgery is the spine. Spinal afflictions affect so many Americans, and many potential patients never get treated because of the lack of communal knowledge in the area of advanced spine care. In the past, it meant risky surgeries that may have led to more bad side effects than good results. With minimally invasive surgery, the outcomes are more aligned with the goals of the patients: better immediate care and better long-term outcomes. Minimally invasive surgery is covered equally by insurance and is often preferred because of shorter hospital stays and the ability to perform it as an outpatient. Not every patient nor every condition is appropriate for minimally invasive surgery. Often, complicated problems require hybrid, combination, or open approaches as well, but all can incorporate the techniques and skillset from minimally invasive procedures.

Experience Matters

Surgery always has a risk of complications and the inherent risks are commensurate with the experience and skill of the surgeon. Even though he is more recent to town, Dr. Glickman brings nearly two decades of experience with minimally invasive neurosurgery. He has honed his skills over that time, and has authored articles, chapters, and abstracts, and teaches around the country related to the field of minimally invasive neurosurgery of the brain and spine.

Before settling in Nevada, Dr. Glickman practiced in Ohio, Michigan, California, Oregon, Indiana, and elsewhere. He has always focused on providing the highest quality surgical and non-operative care for patients with complex neurological conditions and injuries of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. One of his strengths is providing his patients with a straightforward explanation of their conditions. He practices a direct approach to the best routes of care, as well as goals and likely outcomes.

Dr. Glickman has extensive experience with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, spinal tumors, brain tumors, deep brain stimulation, brain and spinal injury recovery, and neurovascular disorders. He is involved in ongoing clinical research on head injury, spinal reconstruction, hemorrhagic stroke, and the impact of obesity on surgery.

Contact Dr. Glickman Today

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the issues discussed in this article, contact Dr. Scott Glickman and his associates at the Las Vegas Neurosurgical Institute today and they will help you determine the best step for your journey forward.

Call 702-826-2897 and a representative will get back to you within one business day. You can also book an appointment through their website, There is no risk, no obligation and all of your information will be kept strictly confidential.