Dr. David F. Jimenez is a doubly Board Certified Pediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon. This nationally and internationally recognized doctor has been taking care of patients and families locally and from around the world for more than 30 years.
Dr. Jimenez developed the endoscopic surgery to treat craniosynostosis. He has the world’s largest experience treating the condition using the minimally invasive procedure he pioneered over 20 years ago.
He is proud to serve Chair of the Department of Neurosciences at El Paso Children’s Hospital and Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at University Medical Center in EL Paso.
Avoid CT Scans and X-Rays for Craniosynostosis. We are happy to provide a complimentary review of photographs.
For craniosynostosis inquiries, please call 210-872-2764.
New Publication In the prestigous Journal of Neurosurgery
Dr. Jimenez just published his 19 year experience treating patients with metopic craniosynostosis using endoscopic techniques in the January edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery-Pediatrics. Even made the Journal’s cover!
Dr. Jimenez has just authored and edited a book on Neurosurgical Endoscopy. He has written and presented his almost 30 year experience treating brain conditions using miimmally invasive techniques. The Book is available on Amazon.
Yearly Recognoized as a Top Doctor in San Antonio and Texas
Internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive craniosynostosis correction
Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the joints (sutures) between the bones of an infant’s skull close too early. This defect happens before the infant’s brain fully forms and causes an abnormally shaped skull. With craniosynostosis, the brain is unable to grow to its natural shape, and is misshapen by the overlying bone abnormality. The term cranial stenosis or synostosis are used to describe this condition.
Surgery is the only way to currently treat this condition. Traditional treatment requires complex and invasive surgery known as CVR (calvarial vault remodel) and is associated with significant trauma, swelling, bleeding and pain as well as large blood transfusions and long hospital stays.
Dr. Jimenez and his team in the mid 1990’s, pioneered and developed minimally invasive endoscopic procedures that treat young infants.
These surgeries are associated with
- Short surgical times
- 1 night hospital stay
- Less pain and swelling
- Minimal transfusion rates
- Excellent long-term results
If you are concerned about the shape of your baby’s head, we are happy to provide an initial opinion, at no-cost, through email with photographs. contact us for more information.
Pediatric and Adult Board Certified Neurosurgeon
Neurological Surgery is a medical discipline and surgical specialty that provides care for adult and pediatric patients in the treatment of pain or pathological processes that may modify the function or activity of the central nervous system (e.g., brain, hypophysis, and spinal cord), the peripheral nervous system (e.g., cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves), the autonomic nervous system, the supporting structures of these systems (e.g., meninges, skull & skull base, and vertebral column), and their vascular supply (e.g., intracranial, extracranial, and spinal vasculature).
Dr Jimenez’s expertise in adult neurosurgery include cranial problems such as Chiari, Brain tumors, facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia), hydrocephalus, bleeds, cysts and carpal tunnel syndrome. Spinal conditions include spinal stenosis, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal instability and fractures.
His extensive experience in treating children include craniosynostosis, brain tumors and cysts, Chiari, encephaloceles, spina bifida, complex and simple hydrocephalus and many other congenital anomalies.
Expertise in minimally invasive procedures, spine surgery, brain surgery
Surgery can be broadly classified in two categories: open and minimally invasive. With the latter, the goal is to treat the patient using techniques and instruments that allow the surgeon to successfully reach the desired goal using very small openings, minimal brain and tissue damage, less blood loss, less time in surgery, less pain and swelling but with improved outcomes and results.
Dr Jimenez’s interest in minimally invasive surgery began during his training and early in his career. He is a well known and published author in the field. His approach of using endoscopic assisted, minimally invasive techniques include craniosynostosis, simple and complex hydrocephalus, cranial cysts, cranial bleeds, cranial tumors, trigeminal and facial neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and selected spinal conditions. He has authored 58 manuscripts on the subject and edited/authored two textbooks.
Carpal Tunnel Release surgery – minimally invasive
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common condition affecting 3 to 6% of adults with an incidence between 1 and 14 per 1000 persons per year. Compression of the median nerve at the wrist leads to pain, numbness and tingling of the palm and the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. It can also be associated with weakness and muscle wasting. A thick and brittle transverse carpal ligament causes compression of the nerve and narrowing of the canal.
Surgical release of the ligament cures the problem. Dr Jimenez has been treating patients with endoscopic release of the ligament for the last 20 years with great success (99%). Patients experience significantly less pain, swelling, tenderness and discomfort. They can return to work within 1 or 2 weeks.
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