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Dr. Tung Nguyen

Neurosurgery
Nashua, NH
32 years experience male

Locations

Neurosurgery at the Center for Bone and Joint Health

Nashua, NH

Address

17 Prospect St., Nashua, NH
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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About

Bio

I came to the US as a refugee from Vietnam when I was 10 years old. I became interested in the brain, and developed an admiration for the organ that confers us all with intellect and individuality, one of unmatched complexity and organization. I was interested specifically in neurosurgery, as the profession has treatment modalities to offer help to patients with pain, cancer, seizures, stroke, trauma. The field is very dynamic, with advances in understanding the pathology, techniques, and new treatment options occurring rapidly. I love what I do, and take pride in my surgical skills. More importantly, however, I am humbled by patients' trust in me to care for them, and will do my best to take care of their neurosurgical problems. Let's get better!

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Neurosurgery

Doctor Q&A

204 Answers
33 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Neurologist: Your husband needs a thorough evaluation by a neurologist to identify the problem. Conditions that come to mind are stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Impaired function: Concussion occurs after some trauma to the brain. It can affect your physical state, thinking ability, emotional state, and can affect your sleeping p... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Impaired function: Head injuries can cause headaches, nausea, arm or leg weakness immediately. Later, the effects of a concussion can be present, that would affect your ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
6 months - 1 year: Once your are completely healed, there should not be any restrictions on your activities. It will take up to a year for the bone flap to be completely... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No data: There are controversial studies suggesting that use of cell phones can cause brain tumors. This is not conclusive. There are other studies suggesting ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Formal evaluation: There are doctors (specially trained physiatrist, neurologist, neurosurgeon) who can administer tests and evaluate your friend to see if he/she suffer... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Will not affect cyst: Chiropractic spinal manipulation for lower back pain should not affect the s2 (racepinephrine) cyst.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the neck causing pinched nerve include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not true: Gliomas are brain tumors arising from glial cells. There are benign forms, anaplastic types, and then there are aggressive glioblastomas. There are ma... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Headache: Elevation of intracranial pressure will cause headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and, in severe cases, coma and death. Early signs are usually he... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depends: The t2 changes can be benign, or be an indication of an ongoing process. The results need to be put in context of your symptoms, the reasons for the s... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Unlikely: Pineal cysts of that size is typically benign. Growth is slow, if at all. Most of your symptoms are unlikely to be related to the small cyst. Sudden d... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for disc herniation include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation. If symptoms ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Rare but possible: Vasospasm in the brain occurs when blood and its breakdown products are present in the spinal fluid around blood vessels. The most common reason is ru... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Probably not: Headache from aneurysm rupture is sudden, severe (worst headache of your life), not typically frequent headaches. Aneurysms that run in families (fami... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Time will heal: Small amount of blood in the brain can disappear on ct scans after a week. Obviously larger amounts will take longer. The breakdown product of the blo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depends on symptoms: If there are no symptoms, weight loss, core strengthening exercise, smoking cessation can slow or prevent progression. If you have symptoms, there are... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Working diagnosis: It depends on the location of the cyst, the extent of the chiari malformation on mri, what other symptoms you might have (difficulty swallowing, arm/l... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Work up: Because symptoms are on both sides of the body, consider multiple (at least 2) lesions in the brain, a single lesion in the spinal cord if it is a ner... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Clinical Exam: Trigeminal neuralgia is a clinical diagnosis, with cause confirmed/suggsted by imaging studies. Patients have characteristic sharp electrical pain in ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
No: There is no known medical treatment for syringomyelia. Treatment is usually surgical, and is directed at the cause of the syringomyelia (chiari malfor... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Conservative care: Unless the disc is so large on MRI scan that nothing short of surgery will help, patients should be started on non steroidal anti-inflammatory meds, m... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
3-6 months: Surgical pain can last 2-3 months, less with minimally invasive techniques. Patients will need pt once the surgical pain is reduced. Actual fusion can... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Exam, MRI: Your neurosurgeon can decide, based on your neurological history and exam, and MRI scan, whether the syrinx is clinically relevant, needs follow up or... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not likely: Your risk of major neurological deficits depends on the extent of surgery. Small lesion versus large, deep versus on the surface, among other factors.... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
See your doctor : This can be due to arm position while you are sleeping, which is an easy fix. Alternatively, you may have compression of a peripheral nerve at the wri... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not clear on ?: Sorry I am not sure what a double layer herniated disc is. In general, for one level or multiple level disc herniations, treatments consist of medic... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Typically not: The shunt tubing in the brain is made of silastic, which is relatively inert and non-reactive. The brain and soft tissue can form scars around the cat... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not possible: Scalp, skull and dura (brain covering) have nerve endings that can produce pain, or numbness. The brain itself has no sensation per se, so one can't ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Need to see doctor: Severe headaches as you described deserve urgent medical evaluation.
A member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Probably: Outcome after craniotomy is related to severity of the disease. A subdural hematoma that occurred suddenly can produce significant brain compression. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Reduced flexibility : There usually is very little limitations after laminectomy. Fusions will reduce mobility somewhat, which is offset by reduced pain. Patients often not... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depends: This will depend on where the surgeon is in his/her training. As residents, there is an 80-hour work week limit imposed. Speaking personally as a priv... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Ask your doctor: Your primary care physician can ask colleagues about who best to treat you. More likely, the surgeons at an academic center will have the largest volu... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Need re-evaluation: Red and swollen puncture site may indicate infection. This needs urgent re-evaluation by the physician. In the absence of an infection, persistent... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: The intensity of the various therapies will depend on the severity of the stroke, but patient will definitely benefit from these therapies.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Conservative means: Initially, try medications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, injections. If these measures fail, and MRI shows correctabl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Conservative means: Initially, try medications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, injections. If these measures fail, and MRI shows correctabl... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Surgery vs PT: Sounds like you have foraminal narrowing at c5-6 and c6-7 causing symptoms of pain, headaches, affecting back, arm, hand. If you have been treated... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Spine specialist: Consider an evaluation by a spine specialist, who can order more detailed tests, and try to find a diagnosis for chronic low back pain.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Varies: Pituitary tumors can be large and compress the visual nerves. It is common for larger tumors to bleed. Tumors can release high levels of hormones, whi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Probably: Degenerative neck conditions (disc herniation, collapsed disc, abnormal movement, loss of normal curvature) can produce neck pain. One of the standard... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Typical meds: Tegretol, neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) are standard first line treatment medications.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Need follow-up: The most common reason is post-operative inflammation, which could last several weeks more. If you had a fusion, have x-rays performed to confirm that... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Can be either: Development of leg pain may help distinguish between L5 or s1 radiculopathy. Sometimes it is very difficult to distinguish on clinical exam, and other... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not common, but yes: Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve is irritated. The nerve is made up of branches from the 4th lumbar nerve (l4) down to the 3rd sacral n... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depends on progress: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection affecting the facial nerve, although the condition has been associated with a variety of disord... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Depends on condition: Epidural blocks are commonly used to treat back pain, to provide pain relief during childbirth. The medications are injected outside the sac containin... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Therapy, medications: Often times, there is no cause identified. Initial treatments for ddd of the neck include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupunctur... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Motion sickness: You are experiencing motion sickness as a result of the rapid changes in motion during the roller coaster ride. The effects should be temporary. If... Read More

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Nov 14, 2012
Dr. Ngyuen's collection of answers to brain and spine questions clearly show that he is a conscientious, evidenced-based neurosurgeon.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Nguyen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Nguyen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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It has been two months since my accident. I still have almost no hearing in my left ear. I can't exercise much because I broke some bones and tendons. My balance was very bad at first but that got a...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Saw my neurosurgeon, agrees, MRI scheduled as c8 nerve now affected..
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have a cracked skull. And I'm joining boxing. Good or bad? N thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

OHSU HOSPITAL AND CLINICS

Awards

NH Best Doctor, 2010, 2011, 2012
Most Influential, Third Place, New Hampshire - Summer
2013
Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, New Hampshire - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Walter Dandy Neurosurgical Society
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