Director, Neurosurgery Division:David Langer, MD
Our mission at the Lenox Hill Hospital neurosurgery department is to be committed to excellence, compassionate care and improving the health of our patients by utilizing the latest in cutting-edge technologies.
We are a multi-disciplinary team, focusing on minimally-invasive surgical treatments of:
By working in collaboration with the New York Head & Neck Institute, our surgeons combine their unique skills and expertise to treat rare and complex conditions. The department is led by Dr. David J. Langer, an expert in cranial bypass surgery and the first surgeon in the country to perform new type of intracranial bypass surgery.
We focus our efforts on ensuring that care comes first and that the patient is fully informed during every step of the process. Along with benefitting from the application of 3D imaging and computer-assisted technologies for surgery, our patients also receive improved care from our use of technology to improve communication between physicians and patients. Our surgeons routinely perform virtual office visits, which includes the physician creating a podcast, which is emailed to the patient so they have a copy of all information explained in the office prior to a procedure. To help the patient understand their individual treatment plan, we create a video of instructions for each patient. An example can be found here.
When a patient is treated by the neurosurgery department, they become part of our family. We have gathered a skilled team of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and radiology technicians who work alongside the surgeons to ensure that the patient's comfort and care comes first in outpatient settings, inpatients settings and in the operating room. Our team members work collaboratively in all aspects of each case, including utilizing screen share technology to review imaging and communicate with one another in real-time.
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Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Stroke and Neuroendovascular Surgery has advanced capabilities including endovascular revascularization procedures for stroke, treatment of cerebral aneurysms, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations, as well as treatment of craniofacial vascular lesions. Lenox Hill Hospital is a New York State Designated Stroke Center since 2006.
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The Lenox Bypass is a new type of intracranial (occurring within the skull) bypass developed and performed by our expert surgeons for the treatment of brain aneurysms that measure more than two centimeters.
The innovative procedure, developed by David Langer, MD,director of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Peter Costantino, MD, executive director of the New York Head and Neck Institute, improves the safety of these types of bypass by avoiding neck incisions, drilling into the skull and use of long blood vessels required in traditional procedures.
Previous procedures required running a blood vessel from the neck into the brain. Use of a long vessel creates risk of crimping, by turning the head for example. Crimping these vessels can lead to stroke. With the Lenox Bypass, the surgeons run a blood vessel from the brain to behind the cheek. Patients benefit because this direct, safer approach not only eliminates the need for long neck incisions, but also the risk of crimping the vessel through everyday movements.
The creation of the Lenox Bypass was made possible due to the unique, team-based approach of the North Shore-LIJ Health System physicians. By working collaboratively across departments, Dr. Langer and Dr. Costantino were able to combine their skill sets to establish a new procedure that improves patient outcomes and gives renewed hope to those with large aneurysms.
An abstract about four Lenox Bypass cases has been published in the prestigious journal, Neurosurgery. The abstract, Internal Maxillary Artery to Middle Cerebral Artery Bypass: Infratemporal Approach for Subcranial-Intracranial (SC-IC) Bypass, was co-authored by North Shore-LIJ physicians Peter Costantino, MD; David Langer, MD; David Chalif, MD; Amir Dehdashti, MD; Mark Eisenberg, MD; Erez Nossek, MD; Rafael Ortiz, MD; and Avi Setton, MD.