The Neurology Center

The Neurology Center is an important part of every patient's visit to The Bonati Institute in Hudson, Fl.
Once a visitor has checked in to the Clinical Services Center, an impressive mirrored facility wrapped around a spacious atrium, he or she will be directed to meet with Leonel P. Limonte, MD, the institute's chief of neurology.

Dr. Limonte evaluates patients who suffer from disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. He meets with every patient before surgery to make sure that he or she is in the best possible condition prior to undergoing a patented Bonati Procedure.

The medical experts in the Neurology Center perform a variety of tests on patients prior to surgery including Nerve Conduction Studies and Physical Assessment Tests to isolate any abnormalities of the nerves, spine or soft tissue.

With four out of every five people experiencing some sort of back or neck pain in their lives, those conditions are among the most treated by physicians today. But, as people who have been affected by neck or back problems know, those pains are among the most complex to diagnose and treat.

There are nearly 100 different symptoms that can be attributed to problems in the neck and back. Often the pain is ''referred,'' which means that it travels to other parts of the body such as the arms and legs.

It takes a great deal of knowledge, experience and expertise to properly diagnose those problems in order to correct them. The experts at the Neurology Center use the The Bonati Institute's Nerve Pathways protocol to determine the actual source of a patient's pain.

Once the source has been traced, a complete diagnostic work-up is prescribed with can include Nerve Conduction Studies and Physical Assessment Tests.

What about Pain?

At The Bonati Institute, we know how debilitating pain can be. Therefore, we have a Pain Management Center, headed by David R. Hirschauer, DO. Dr. Hirschauer's goal is to develop methods to alleviate pain for each patient at The Bonati Institute.

Most patients will feel an immediate relief from pain after undergoing a patented Bonati Procedure. Since the surgical techniques used at The Bonati Institute are advanced arthroscopic surgery, they use the smallest incision possible which reduces the risk of infection and disrupts the least amount of muscle and other tissue at the surgical site, which also helps reduce pain following surgery.

Any discomfort in the area is usually minimal and patients are encouraged to begin walking immediately in order to correct any previous over-compensation.

However, some patients may recive Epidural Steroidal Injections to allow for easier movement and to prevent any further irritation to the nerve root. Pain management may also include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or mild pain relievers.

Medications

If you are planning a surgical procedure at The Bonati Institute, please note that the following medications should not be taken during the two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery. Taking any of these medications during the two weeks prior to initial surgery will cause your procedure to be postponed:

Aspirin, including:
Enteric-coated Aspirin, such as Ecotrin or Bufferin

Any and all anti-inflammatory medications including:
Aleve, Anaprox, Ansaud, Arthrotec, Cataflam, Darvon Compound Daypro, Disalcid, Feldene, IbuprofenIndocin, Lodine, Mobic, Motrin Naproxen, Narcosis, Neuron, Rudi's, Relafen, Soma Compound, Triplicate, Vicoprofen, or Voltaren.

The above is a partial list of anti-inflammatory medications. If you are taking a medication not on the list shown, and are unsure whether it is an anti-inflammatory, please consult your physician or pharmacist.
Please also stop taking all vitamins, mineral and herbal supplements, as many of these may cause increased bleeding.

Also, please consult your physician if you are presently on a blood thinner, such as:
Coumadin, Warfarein, Lovenox, Persantine, Plavix, Reopro, or Ticlid

These medications can only be stopped under the direct advice of your physician. If you are planning to come to The Bonati Institute, you must consult your prescribing physician beforehand and gain your physician's written consent to stop taking these medications. Likewise, your prescribing physician is encouraged to contact The Bonati Institute with specific instructions or bridge therapy to assist with your surgical care.