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Dr. David Benglis

Neurosurgery
Atlanta, GA
18 years experience male

Locations

Atlanta Brain and Spine Care

Atlanta, GA

Address

2001 Peachtree Road NE STE 575, Atlanta, GA
Directions

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Cigna

Coventry Health Care

Humana

Medicare

Atlanta Institute for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Atlanta, GA

About

Bio

Dr. Benglis is Medical Director of the Atlanta Institute for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery . Dr. Benglis is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the AANS-CNS joint section on disorders of the spine. He graduated from his neurosurgical residency at the University of Miami in 2011. From 2007-2009 Dr. Benglis completed a two-year non-ACGME advanced subspecialty fellowship in spinal neurosurgery under the guidance of his spine mentors Dr. Alan Levi, M.D., Phd., Dr. Michael Y. Wang, M.D., Dr. Steve Vanni, D.O., and Dr. Barth Green M.D. who directs one of the largest spinal cord injury research centers in the country; the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. During these two years in fellowship, Dr. Benglis developed a particular surgical interest in adult degenerative scoliosis and the treatment of various spinal problems through minimal access approaches. Dr. Benglis has recently authored various book chapters and journal articles on these specific topics. He also has an interest in the treatment of various brain tumors affecting adult patients. Dr. Benglis enjoys developing a unique and personal relationship with his patients and assisting them in the understanding and treatment of their neurological disorders.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Doctor Q&A

92 Answers
43 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Clumsiness: Make sure there is no root underlying cause such as spinal stenosis (seek advice from primary care physician or neurologist). If work up negative or ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Aneurysm : No symptoms to severe worse headache of a persons life to mild or severe neurological deficits. The classification is between ruptured and unruptured... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Black disc disease : Black disc disease is a controversial topic when attempting to identify pain generators in the spine. It usually is not an operative problem. On a c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Core strength: I am a big proponent of core strengthening exercises with roots in pilates. Most back and neck issues are non surgical and can be managed with weight... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Baclofen: Permanent device implanted in abdomen and intrathecal space to help with spasticity when high doses of oral Baclofen can be tolerated.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Tolosa Hunt: Inflammation of the nerves within the cavernous sinus or superior orbital fissure causing deficiencies in movement of eye muscles, facial numbness, h... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Skull fracture: This usually occurs post trauma and is diagnosed by a cat scan of the head. It is not a surgical problem if the fracture is minor and there is no ove... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Broken back : It can be a fracture of the bones or a disruption of the ligaments that requires no treatment, simple rigid bracing, halo fixation, or even surgery. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Epidural Injections: Ive had some patients (granted a minority) who have an increase in pain following a selective nerve root block injection given for unilateral leg pain... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Lumbar disc : Pid or prolapsed intervertebral disc is a herniated disc. Discs can be retained within the capsule or free fragments. Discs not causing debilitating... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Whiplash: This is a common injury follow car accidents. You need to first make sure there is no signs of fracture or displacement on your vertebrae by an imagi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Scoliosis : Because you had a long segment fusion and you also could also have muscle spasm. See if your surgeon will allow you to go to physical therapy.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spine: Bracing- soft collar, rigid or halo , versus surgical fixation and fusion. Seek counsel froma spine surgeon.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Foot drop : If from trauma, MRI of knee and EMG nerve conduction studies are now indicated. You may be a candidate for a nerve transfer. You need to see a speci... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Disc: Removing a small piece of a disc pressing on the nerve. This can be done through a minimal access approach.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spinal stenosis : In the lumbar region...Should cause back pain, leg pain, improvement with flexion, and fatigue with prolonged walking. More common in the elderly.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Herniated disc : If you are symptomatic enough to where conservative measures have failed. Surgery is always the last option.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Cervical spine : I deal with this alot with my ms patients that also have spine arthritis. If there is compression from disc bulges or stenosis and there are spinal c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Adjacent level: Question is are these symptoms new, or old symptoms pre op that are slowly getting better? I tell my patients expect a recovery period from 6 to 12 m... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Cauda equina : Your doctor told you about this likely so you would be aware of the symptoms, not so that you can live a life of fear. If the symptoms come...Unlikel... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Cervical spine : Cervical spine immobilization can mean many things. It is used following a spine fracture or surgery. A halo vest is for severe cases where bolts ar... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Lumbar radic : Give it some more time. Try an epidural or selective nerve root block. Seek a surgeon spine for his or her opinion. You will likely not need a surg... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spine surgery: A broad term to describe various procedures utilized to treat most commonly arthritic conditions of the spine but also conditions due to trauma, tumo... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Delirium: Delirium is a reversible condition whereby a patient is confused. It can be due to medication problems, metabolic disturbances, oxygenation, etc. It... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Hands falling asleep could be carpal tunnel syndrome which classically wakes patients up at night. They shake their hands to get the feeling back. C... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Scoliosis : Not likely to be indicated. Enroll in pilates course. Focus on keeping a bmi around 25 or lower.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
SPORT study : Variable, conservative therapy includes anti inflammatory meds, physical therapy, and epidural injections. Last resort always surgery. Check out goo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Lumbago : Be cautious about anyone recommending surgery if your complaint is only back pain. Back pain is multi factorial. Conservative therapies are physical... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Lumbar radiculopathy: This sounds like radicular type pain. A trial of nsaids, physical therapy, muscle relaxers, x ray plain film a good start. Mri lumbar next option wi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
TBI: One that causes injury to superior temporal or inferior frontal lobe in the dominant hemisphere.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spondylolisthesis : So what... Those are radiologic findings. Only thing that matters is if you are symptomatic. Start with core strength regimen, nsaids, weight loss ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
AVM : I'm not an expert in treating these disorders, but gamma knife can be an option for avms under a certain size with specific characteristics in eloquen... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Shunt: Moves fluid from one area (ventricle) that has reduced abnormal flow to a distal site.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Brain stem operation: Yes, you need to seek out a neurosurgeon at a major academic center as these conditions are very rare and you need someone who does them regularly. I... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Surgery Parkinsons: Surgical management for parkinsons disease may involve placement of a stimulator in the brain. It is used for medical refractory parkinsons. Seek gu... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spine fall off horse: You could have a rib fracture causing this pain with breathing. You should also see a physician and obtain x-rays of your cervical and thoracic spine... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Lumbar rom: Check out google search article bible, j et al. Normal functional range of motion of the lumbar spine during 15 activities of daily living. Journal o... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spine fusion : Surgery is painful whether open or minimally invasive. I tell my patients expect the pain they came to have surgery for whether back or legs to be im... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Lumbar disc: Collections following surgery can be 3 things. 1. Infection 2. Seroma (benign fluid collection from fatty necrosis 3. CSF leak. Either 1, 2, or 3 c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Scoliosis: Yes but also could be unrelated. See a spine specialist.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Ankylosing spondy: Patients may have elevated cbc, esr, hla-b27 antigen, and abnormal x-rays of the spine and pelvis. Reference http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhea... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Transphenoidal : Transphenoidal surgery is a way to gain access to the pituitary gland commonly for micro/macro adenomas (tumor) that may or may not be functional/secr... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Post op Lumbar: Surgery hurts period. Sounds like typical post op back pain/nerve irritation. Unlikely something to be concerned about ie hematoma etc. Just call y... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Neck pain: Yes but there are many reasons for neck pain, (facet, muscle) classically multilevel cervical stenosis causes myelopathy a condition causing hand dysf... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spine fusion : It's a big undertaking. Recovery can take 6 weeks to 4 to 6 months. Fusions are indicated when there is instability in the spine with nerve compress... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Could be carpal tunnel or a spine problem. See a neurologist.
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Aneurysm: The average size of a large size pea is 5mm, in general terms depending on the location of the lesion, the rupture rate of aneurysms under 7mm is negl... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Minimally invasive: I like sextant but also like depuy viper. Nuvasive also has a new system i haven't used yet.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Thoracic spine : You may be left with a bill that insurance won't pay. Only go to er for emergencies. The likeliness that an x-ray will show anything diagnostic (it... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Spine fusion: It's all about creating realistic expectations. I tell my fusion patients whether minimally invasive or open that they are going to hurt and have a r... Read More

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Jan 16, 2013
Excellent neurosurgeon. Has always provided top notch care to me and my patients.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Benglis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benglis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks! What if never heals its been 4 yes and because I'm 30 and too young spine surgeon wouldn't do kyphoplasty.
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Would it be wise to stay away from p90x type exercises and heavy lifting while i wait?
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Yes sir as I told the other doctor, it is 3mm and thank you for answering.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, Georgia - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Tumor Section
American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Section

Publications

Occiput to Thoracic Fusion After Surgical Resection of Desmoid Tumor.
Outcomes in pediatric patients with Chiari malformation Type I followed up without surgery.
Pediatric spinal cord injury in infant piglets: description of a new large animal model and review of the literature.
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