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Dr. Kevin Teal

Neurosurgery
Urbana, IL
32 years experience male

About

Bio

Board Certified Neurosurgeon practicing in Champaign-Urbana area of Illinois treating brain, spine, and nerve diseases surgically if the conservative measures fail to give relief.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Licenses

United States: Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin

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79 Answers
39 Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No.: Scoliosis may be associated with back and leg pain. A routine lumbar disc herniation in associated with leg pain is not going to cause curvature of t... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Muscle spasm: Likely have muscle spasms in your back from bending or twisting. Your primary care doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers and physical therapy. Lumbar s... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Back of neck: Given your prior surgery from the front of your neck, the approach from the back will avoid the scarring associated with the prior surgery. The surger... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No: There are arterial conditions in your legs that can cause leg pain similar to sciatica in some cases. Your carotid artery in your neck is too far remo... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Abscess: A brain abscess can develop from brain infection and be a tumor or growth that causes pressure on the surrounding brain. This can even mimic a more ag... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Pain/numbness/weak: A bulging disk in the neck will affect the nerves going to your arms and hands potentially causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. If the disc ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Confusion/headache: A concussion can occur after impact to the head and can cause loss of consciousness. Confusion can be an early symptom. Headache also can be a problem... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not yet: There is no silver bullet treatment for als. Present options are supportive and designed to minimize risks of falls while allowing mobility. A team ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No: Children born with open spina bifida are at increased risk for chiari type 2 due to lower position of posterior brain structures. There may be some i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depends on activity: If you are straining and lifting heavy amounts, you could have more headaches and numbness/tingling. Some people can have dizziness and passing out ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Follow it: 1 mm sounds very small and non threatening. Recommend repeat study in 3 months and then annually if not enlarging. Doubtful that something that size i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Rest: Taking a break from whatever is aggravating your back will help the fastest. This may mean taking a day or 2 off work. Avoiding bending, twisting , an... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: Patients can suffer headaches and dizziness for 6 months after head injury. Some may develop chronic migraine type headaches. Depending on what area o... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Pressure on nerves : This syndrome occurs due to pressure on the nerves in the lumbar spinal canal. After the spinal cord ends, the nerves going down to the legs and bladd... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Headaches/dizziness: Most common symptom is headache. Other symptoms can include dizziness, unsteady gait, double vision, and passing out episodes. The headaches can be wo... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Get it checked out.: New problems with coordination and balance should be investigated. Some medications can cause sedation or drowsiness that makes someone less crisp in ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Needs evaluation: Sounds concerning for some cervical canal narrowing that worsens if you stand and extend your neck. A cervical MRI can assess for any spinal cord/can... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not usually: Mrsa is a type of bacteria that can cause infection that is resistant to methicillin and other penicillins. It is common in people who don't have an a... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Symptoms not Chiari: The chiari type 1 malformation involves a descent of a structure called the cerebellar tonsil below a bony edge called the foramen magnum, large hole... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depression/anxiety: Being diagnosed with a brain tumor can be overwhelming and threatening to your livelihood/future. Some people process their concern as anger at their ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Cyst Location: Unless the arachnoid cyst is in the area called your posterior fossa , the back of your skull area, the dizziness would more likely be related to a ch... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Disc and joints: Microdiskectomy removes up to half of the disk at most leaving some disk behind to keep space between the vertebra. Disk removal ideally won't weaken ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Open up space: Surgery is done to make more space around the cerebellar tonsils which have descended below a bony landmark called the foramen magnum. Bone is removed... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Your Neurosurgeon: There are different types of craniotomies. Once you discuss with your neurosurgeon what type and location then yo can reference some craniotomy videos... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Great option: I recommend patients try a series of 1-3 lumbar or cervical epidural steroid injections for back or neck pain from disc degeneration. This change in ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Go to hospital: Children can get very sick quickly with infections. Best to go to er for evaluation.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Next steps: Sciatica that lasts longer than 6 weeks or is associated with progressive symptoms needs workup. Lumbar xrays will assess for abnormal movement in yo... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Concern for seizure: There may be other reasons for a facial tic or twitch than a brain tumor. You can be evaluated by your primary care doctor for electrolyte problems. A... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Brain tumor: Astrocytoma describes a brain tumor that arises from the cell called the astrocyte in the brain. These are supportive cells that are diffusely located... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Disc disease: Back and leg pain/ spasms can come from disc herniations or referred pain from disc degeneration. Usually the symptoms will resolve after 6 weeks. For... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Probably not: Having extensive, more than 1 level, spine surgery has a higher association with lingering pain. Pain management may be helpful if your surgeon sees n... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Evaluation needed: There are some things to be concerned about such as anemia, low blood count which can cause light headedness or weakness. Heart rhythm abnormalities a... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Varies: It depends on how long you had sciatica prior to surgery. Those with leg pain for 6 months or longer before surgery have higher risk of some residual... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Suspicious: Anytime you have leg/toe numbness, bladder problems, and leg pain that deserves a workup. There may be something going in in your spine such as a disc... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Varies: The recovery time after back fusion surgery is determined by the extensiveness of the procedure, open or minimally invasive, and the number of levels ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Infection: An epidural abscess is an infection above the covering of the brain or spinal cord, the dura. These infections can arise in the brain area due to sinu... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Avoid further trauma: Once myelopathy is diagnosed, your spinal cord needs to be treated gently. Avoid contact sports, impacts to your head, falls, bouncing or jarring. If ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Usually none: Most scalp hematomas will resolve without any surgery needed. The body will break the clot down as it does any bruise over time. Rarely if the hematom... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Headache/seizure: Most people with brain tumors will have headaches that can be severe and associated with exam changes such as weakness or speech problems. Others can ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: She may be having a stroke. Time is brain so don't delay.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: Fatigue robs your brain of the ability to access data it basin place. It can also be harder to learn new things if you can't give adequate attention. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Weight gain: Epidural steroids don't usually have many side effects. Diabetics will need to follow their blood sugar closely and may need Insulin sliding scale if ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Shoulder area numb: The lack of CSF flow around the chiari area is thought to raise the risk for a fluid collection inside the cervical spine called a syrinx. This can ca... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Pressure on a nerve: Different terms describe the movement of the central part of a disc beyond the normal confines of the disc. A ruptured disc suggests a large fragment... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No.: Als is also called lou gerig's disease results from an attack on the spinal cord motor cells. This can be hereditary but is not caused by a bacteria o... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No: Meningitis is something that can come from spinal fluid leak after a head injury or surgery. It can follow some viral illnesses but usually comes from... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Head MRI: Head MRI will most clearly show the chiari. A cervical spine MRI can also show the chiari and any associated fluid collection in the spinal cord.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Bleeding/swelling: Apoplexy in the brain involves sudden bleeding into the cerebral or pituitary tissue. This can cause associated swelling which is called cerebral edem... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Short term relief: Popping your joints in your neck/back may feel good for a season but ultimately accelerates the degeneration of your joints which naturally occurs wi... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Teal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Teal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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the pain lasted more than 6 weeks so i eventually had physical therapy and the injection. i'm much better now, but if i stand or sit for long periods of time, the pain comes back.
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Ty, I do have mild scoliosis, cant tell by looking but hips&ribs areuneven & have Bad SVT's 4+times/day, no pain upon waking just stiff hand
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This is what I've found out and there Everyday. Wish I'd left things alone even tho other things have been corrected

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 1991MD

Awards

Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, Oklahoma - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Integris Hospitals
Carle Foundation Hospital
Carle Neuroscience Institute
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