Through the UMC Spine Center, University Medical Center brings a higher level of care to El Paso, West Texas and Southern New Mexico. UMC is proud to have the largest team of all Board certified and Board eligible neurosurgery medical staff in the El Paso region. Our back and neck pain doctors specialize in minimally invasive procedures and treatments to get you pain relief and help you enjoy your life again.
Specialty Procedures and Treatments for:
- Trauma - any age - Treatment and immediate response to any head injury, neck injury, spine injury or back injury as part of the Level 1 Trauma Designation of UMC
- Brain Tumors - Most often, the first step in brain or spinal cord tumor treatment is for the neurosurgeon to remove as much of the tumor as is safe without affecting normal brain function.Surgery alone or combined with radiation therapy may control or cure many types of tumors, including some low-grade astrocytomas, ependymomas, craniopharyngiomas, gangliogliomas, and meningiomas. Tumors that tend to spread widely into nearby brain or spinal cord tissue, such as anaplastic astrocytomas or glioblastomas, typically cannot be cured by surgery. But surgery is often done first to reduce the amount of tumor that needs to be treated by radiation or chemotherapy which might help these treatments work better. This could help prolong the person’s life, even if all of the tumor can’t be removed. Surgery can also be done to help relieve some of the symptoms caused by brain tumors, particularly those caused by a buildup of pressure within the skull. These can include headaches, nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision. Surgery may also make seizures easier to control with medicines. Surgery to remove the tumor may not be a good option in some situations, such as if the tumor is deep within the brain, if it's in a part of the brain that can’t be removed, such as the brain stem, or if a person can’t have a major operation for other health reasons. Surgery is not very effective against some types of brain tumors, such as lymphomas, although it may be used to get a biopsy sample for diagnosis.
- Complex Spine Cervical & Lumbar Disc Herniation - Minimally invasive spine surgeries which mean smaller incisions, less blood loss, and a faster recovery. Our team is able to treat a wide spectrum of spinal conditions using the latest computer-assisted techniques. An alternative surgical option for patients suffering from a spinal disorder, such as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, scoliosis, or spinal stenosis. Advanced technologies paired with innovative surgical techniques allow these minimally invasive spinal surgeries to repair the spine with reduced risk and decreased recovery time. Our goal is to get you back to doing the activities you love as quickly and safely as possible.
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
- Chiari Malformations - Our Doctors usually treat symptomatic Chiari malformation with surgery. The goal is to stop the progression of changes in the anatomy of your brain and spinal canal, as well as ease or stabilize your symptoms. When successful, surgery can reduce pressure on your cerebellum and spinal cord, and restore the normal flow of spinal fluid.In the most common surgery for Chiari malformation, called posterior fossa decompression, your surgeon removes a small section of bone in the back of your skull, relieving pressure by giving your brain more room.In many cases, the covering of your brain, called the dura mater, may be opened. Also, a patch may be sewn in place to enlarge the covering and provide more room for your brain. This patch may be an artificial material, or it could be tissue harvested from another part of your body.Your doctor may also remove a small portion of the spinal column to relieve pressure on your spinal cord and allow more space for the spinal cord. The surgical technique may vary, depending on whether a fluid-filled cavity (syrinx) is present, or if you have fluid in your brain (hydrocephalus). If you have a syrinx or hydrocephalus, you may need a tube (shunt) to drain the excess fluid.
- Multidisciplinary Collaborators: Interventional Neurology, Rehab
and Pain Management
- Dedicated Neurosciences ICU
- Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- for Spine & Cranial Cases
- for Tumor & Hemorrhage Evacuation
- Spine Service Patient Navigator
Luis Vasquez, MD
Dr. Vasquez has over 40 years of experience in neurosurgical care to include all modalities such as pediatric neurosurgery, complex spine, microsurgery and knife radio surgery. He completed his undergraduate degree at Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos and then went on to complete his medical degree at Facultad De Medicina De La Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos in Peru. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Suregons, International College of Surgeons and Texas Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Vasquez is fluent in English, Spanish, German and French.
Todd T. Trier, MD
Dr. Trier has over 25 years of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and then went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons and Texas Medical Association.
Akshay A. Gupte, MD, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Gupte has nearly a decade of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in India and then went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Minnesota.
Fredric Lax, MD
Dr. Lax has over 35 years of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Union College in New York and then went on to complete his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Jaime Gasco, MD
Dr. Gasco has nearly a decade of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Valencia Medical School in Spain and then went on to complete his medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Gasco is one of few neurosurgeons worldwide to be board-certified in two continents.
David Wang, MD, PhD.
Dr. Wang has nearly a decade of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Penn State University, completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience at the University of Florida, and then went on to complete his medical degree at University of Miami's School of Medicine. Dr. Wang was also enlisted in the military which he surved as a Major, and Staff Neurosurgeon at Tripler Army Medical Center.
David Jimenez, MD, F.A.C.S.
Dr. Jimenez has over 25 years of experience in pediatric neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Temple University and then went on to complete his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Jimenez serves as the Medical Director for Neurosurgery at El Paso Children's Hospital and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons.
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4815 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905