Recently we sat down with Dr. Scott Glickman, a board-certified neurosurgeon with the Las Vegas Neurosurgical Institute for Spine and Brain Surgery (LVNI). He has subspecialty training in neurotrauma and neurocritical care, complex spinal disorders, and acute care neurosurgery. He has extensive experience with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, spinal tumors, brain tumors, Deep Brain Stimulation, brain recovery, and neurovascular disorders. He is involved in ongoing clinical research on head injury, spinal reconstruction, hemorrhagic stroke, and the impact of obesity on spinal surgery.


During the interview, he discussed about the different specialties he focuses on at LVNI: Minimally-invasive surgery, deep brain stimulation, and the use of high-tech surgical equipment.


Open surgery uses traditional techniques and the use of a scalpel to make an incision. This can cause more tissue damage, requiring a longer recovery period and a larger scar area.
With minimally-invasive surgery, surgeons use advanced techniques and technology to operate only on the focus area, minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue organs.

According to Dr. Glickman, minimally-invasive surgery gets you the same or better results as open surgery, but with the following benefits:

  • Less destruction of normal tissues
  • Less destruction of normal anatomy
  • Less blood loss
  • More rapid recovery
  • More rapid resolution of problems
  • Less muscle damage
  • Less disruption of normal neurological tracts

LVNI & Dr. Glickman


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure involving the placement of a medical device called a neurostimulator (sometimes referred to as a ‘brain pacemaker’), which sends electrical impulses, through implanted electrodes, to specific targets in the brain (brain nuclei) for the treatment of movement disorders.

“A deep brain stimulator is so life-changing that you have people literally getting their lives back,” said Dr. Glickman. LVNI is at the forefront of DBS breakthrough and study, and is now offering it to patients in the greater Las Vegas area. Currently, there are 4 FDA-approved conditions that DBS can be used for:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Some forms of epilepsy

DBS utilizes state-of-the-art navigation equipment, to implant the neurostimulator. One such tool is the Synaptive Robotic Arm that is now available in Nevada.


Dr. Glickman was instrumental in bringing the Synaptive Robotic Arm to Las Vegas, and he is the only surgeon in Nevada that is certified to use it. This pioneering tool allows surgeons to operate with targeted precision to treat brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular lesions and skull-based issue. The high-powered digital robotic microscope and light source can also be used in minimally invasive spine surgery.
Mountain View Hospital is first in Nevada to have the Synaptive Robotic Arm, and Dr. Glickman is the only doctor who can perform surgeries using this technology in the entire state. Says Dr. Glickman about the robotic arm: “It’s like having a navigable pair of eyes with a gigantic set of screens.”


Dr. Glickman practiced neurosurgery and neurocritical care in Ohio, Michigan, and California, with additional experience throughout the U.S., but recently relocated to Las Vegas. He focuses on providing the highest quality care in surgical and non-operative care of patients with complex neurological conditions and injuries of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves.

He aims for optimal outcomes, patient and provider communication, and patient satisfaction. Neurological and neurosurgical conditions and the need for operative interventions often burden both patients and families.
Dr. Glickman prides himself on a straightforward explanation of these conditions and a direct approach to the best routes of care, as well as goals and likely outcomes. He takes osteopathic principles seriously and will consider the whole patient, as well as their specific problems, in order to make the best plan of care.


If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the issues discussed in this article, you can contact LVNI today and they will be able to help you determine the best step for your journey forward.

You can visit their website for more information: or call 702-835-0088 and a representative will get back to you within one business day. There is no risk, no obligation and all of your information will be kept strictly confidential.