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Dr. David Lundin

Neurosurgery
Renton, WA
27 years experience male

Locations

Valley Neuroscience Institute

Renton, WA

Address

4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 520, Renton, WA
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Fax

4256565567

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice Health

Medicare

Premera Blue Cross

Regence

Uniform Medical Plan

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Renton, WA

About

Bio

David A. Lundin, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class. He completed his internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at the UW and served as a Senior Registrar at the renowned Atkinson Morley’s Hospital in London, England. He then completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the UW with the departments of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery followed by a Chief Residency in Neurological Surgery. He served as Director of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine at the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine in Los Angeles before joining the WNI as the Neurosurgery Medical Director of the Spine Center in 2008. Dr. Lundin specializes in all types of complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery, including non-fusion techniques such as artificial disk replacement. Dr. Lundin has been widely published in numerous medical and neurology journals

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Doctor Q&A

283 Answers
96 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Back and leg pain: Most common symptoms are back pain that radiates to one or both of the legs. This is often made worse by bending and twisting or sitting for long peri... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Vertigo : Your symptoms are consistent with vertigo which is an inner ear problem. I would recommend seeing an ENT specialist who can assess you and treat the ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Disk herniated: Most likely this is from a disk herniation in the low back. You should get an MRI to evaluate this and potentially consult with a neurosurgeon.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Very sensitive : Mri is very sensitive and will pick up almost all tumors or cancer. Other infections may be more subtle and may not be seen on mri. Evaluation of th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Tell your provider : Most patients do not know they are pregnant at 4 weeks. However if you know you are pregnant you should tell your provider prior to all procedures or ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Rare: Around 18-20 thousand people are diagnosed with brain cancer each year in the us.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Few months: Long term effects from concussion are common often taking weeks or months to resolve. In some cases symptoms can last as long as 2 years or even be p... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Surgery is an option: For patients that fail conservative treatment such as medication (nsaids), physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections that have MRI eviden... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Less likely : Keeping your blood pressure within normal limits is a good start. Also ensuring your cholesterol is controlled and staying away from cigarette smokin... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Unlikely : Most cream based medications will not interact with tylenol (acetaminophen). However you should ensure this is the case with your prescribing md who ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes: Severe head injury is frequently associated with chronic headaches. Is long as there is no structural cause seen on head ct, there is little that ca... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Neck or shoulder: You can get similar symptoms from an impingement on either your neck or shoulder itself. Best thing to do is see a physiatrist and get examined as th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Potentially: As out knowledge advances on the causes of scoliosis we may find new ways to treat the condition early before surgery is required. However, if you alr... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Therapy: The best treatment for such pain is physical therapy and excercie to strengthen the core. Facet injections or ryzotomy can be used for pain control a... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Get an MRI: Sports related spine injuries are common. These are usually from herniated disks. If your symptoms don't respond to rest, steroids, and pt you need ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Rule out Tumor: Most of these are meaningless however it is important to rule out a tumor with a contrast enhanced MRI as well as a chiari malformation. Additionally,... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Arthritic change: This simply refers to mild arthritic change in the joints of the spine. It is very common and means very little about your long term prognosis assumi... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Unlikely: The decrease in body fat will not affect your neck but if you are a runner, the constant impact from that sport is well known to cause neck problems. ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Nothing: It is normal to be unable to move during sleep. If you are fearful about this, best to see a psychologist to help get over this fear.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Go on your own: At 21 years old you can make medical decisions on your own. Although mild concussion, determined by no loss of consciousness rarely causes long term ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Continue schedule: Continue your drug at twice a day as prescribed. If you took a little late or early it should not matter. I generally recommend 8am and 8 pm dosing a... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Possible : B12 deficiency can lead to neurological symptoms from neuropathy.
A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Many reasons : If you had sciatica prior to surgery it may simply be residual. If it was not there prior it could be due scar tissue or inflammation especially if t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Many: Symptoms depend on where in the spinal cord they are located as well as the type of tumor. They can cause pain, weakness, numbness, balance problems... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Try PT: Physical therapy and core strengthening will often aid in alleviating problems from lumbar disks. Medication such as nsaids can also help with pain in... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Herniated disk : The. Most common cause of acute sciatica in a young person is an acute herniated disk in the lumbar spine. Best to see your primary doctor for evalua... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Emergency: Acute loss of urinary control in the presence of sciatica can be indicative of severe compression of the nerves (called the cauda equina syndrome) an... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Light exercise : Disc herniations (slipped discs) generally heal with time and light exercise for the core and pt. This frequently take 6-8 weeks but is some cases it... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes : Having three disk herniation a does not exclude you from surgery. However it is quite rare that all three would need surgery. Best to get 2-3 opinio... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Limit Steroids: The Lyrica (pregabalin) is safe to add but you should not take Prednisolone and methylprednislone at the same time as both medication work in the same... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Moderate size : This is a moderate to large size taylor cyst. These are generally not symptomatic and thought to be benign conditions that do not require surgery.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Two commonly used: Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (aka gabapentin) are the most commonly prescribed medications for neuropathic pain.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Prognosis guarded: Very sorry to hear about your niece. Anoxic brain injuries are very serious and often permanent . Given her persistent comatose state the injury is l... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Degeneration: One of the most common issues young patients that have spinal fusion is the development of "adjacent level degeneration" which is the breakdown of the... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Not reccomended : Drinking alcohol is not recommended while on blood thinning medication.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Common issue: Back pain is common around the world. For acute pain we recommend 48 hours of rest plus over the counter nsaids as long as you have no conditions tha... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Unliklely: Stuttering is generally a speech problem not associated with shunt malfunction. However, symptoms of shunt malfunction can be varied and if the sympt... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Fall precautions: Typically patients are mobilized slowly to prevent re-accumulation of the sdh.
A female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Infection?: Swelling and increased pain after any procedure should be evaluated for the possibility of infection. The end of your question does not make sense. ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Maybe : Issues with coffee drinking are related to the potential to increase blood pressure which is a risk factor for aneurysm rupture.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes: Cervical degeneration can lead to long term problems or severe impairment including paralysis and death if it is accompanied with severe spinal stenos... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Years : There have been some some new medications that have been developed to slow the disease process but researchers still are unclear what the genetic basi... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Physical therapy: Try physical therapy to strengthen your neck muscles. Alsoassagw therapy or accupuncture is occasionally helpful. If this fails to help you see a spi... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes but rare: Cervical spondylosis that causes enlargement of the joints of the neck can lead to pinching or tearing of one of vertebral arteries that feeds our bra... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Likely Unrelated : These symptoms are vague and are unlikely related to your recent sexual activity unless a result of an std. See your md to get checked out.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Stretching : Take antiinflamatories if you have no medical contraindications and try stretching. Light traction (that can be given to you by a physical therapist) ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Fever, Chills, drain: Signs of infection after spinal fusion surgery are similar to other signs of injections, namely fevers, shaking chills, swelling, redness or drainage ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Three options: There are three treatments for herniated disks that lead to sciatica. Physical treatments (pt, chirpractic, traction) medical treatment (nsaids, pai... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Physical therapy: The best initial treatments for disc problems that can lead to pinched nerves is to do physical therapy and use nsaids. If this fails, then be sure to... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Little meaning : Discography has fallen out if favor as the results do not predict outcome from spinal surgery (such as fusion) very well and it can actually promote f... Read More

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Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Lundin has helped many of my patients with neurosurgical and spine care. I trust his expert opinions and would not hesitate to send my mother to him if she needed neurosurgical attention. I full...Read More
Jul 30, 2014
A fantastic physician. Thank you!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks for relieving answer! But is it ok to take it the same time with phenytin 8am/pm which is the first drug they gave me for seizures?
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you surgery is going to save my life and give me back my life again you touched a lot people lives everyday and for that your a hero
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am not lived in USA, but I will go there soon. So I am a little worried about fees of this disease, could you please estimate it ?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California - Santa Barbara
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Residency

Atkinson Morley Hospital

Awards

Patient Choice Award, Vitals.com
Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Vitals.com
Doctors Making a Difference, 425 Magazine

Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society

Publications

Magnesium Efficacy in a Rat Spinal Cord Injury
Anterior Thoracolumbar Screw-Rod Instrumentation
Rotational Verebrobasilar Ischemia
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