Dr. David Lundin

Neurosurgery
Renton, WA
29 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

219 Answers
74 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Imaging & pathology: As others have noted the first step to finding a brain tumor is an imaging study such as ct or mri. The former is faster and cheaper but may miss smal... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Leg pain : Sciatica is a symptom from compression of one or more nerves in the lumbar spine that causes severe buttock and leg pain often associated with numbnes... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Several: The most common types of brain tumors are actually from the spread of another cancer to the brain. After this the most common cerebral tumors are gra... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Other symptoms : One of the most important things to know is is you lost consciousness after hitting your head which is a sign of a severe concussion. Other symptoms... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not recommended : After a spinal tap is done there is a small opening in your spinal canal that has to heal. I would wait 1-2 weeks before going on rides as it may lea... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Common: Pain between the shoulder blade is common with neck problems and their treatment.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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.
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Two commonly used: Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (aka gabapentin) are the most commonly prescribed medications for neuropathic pain.
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A member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes, months: Nerve grating surgery will be painful at the site of the graft and the harvesting site. This pain is generally easily managed with medication however... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not good: Its not good to abuse any drug including over the counter medications. Please follow the package inserts to avoid such problems.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Maybe : Issues with coffee drinking are related to the potential to increase blood pressure which is a risk factor for aneurysm rupture.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
PT and Time: Weakness that occurs from removal of brain tumors can take several months to improve and improvement may be incomplete. The best thing to do is pt an... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Surgery : If sciatica is severe and unresponsive to pt or steroids/nerve blocks, surgery may be required to release the compression from a disk herniation or bo... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Exercise: Exercise your core and stretch daily. Yoga is a good way to do both of these things.
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A member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
One week: I recommend one week before travel after any surgical procedure to ensure you do not develop an infection.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Many causes : Abdominal pain in young women is common and can be a serious condition. If this is persistant you should seek medical attention for examination, blood... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not reccomended : Drinking alcohol is not recommended while on blood thinning medication.
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not related : Spinal stenosis affects the central nerves of the spine whereas peripheral neuropathy affects the distal nerves of the arms and legs. The later is fr... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Likely muscular: Back pain over the ribs that does not radiate and is not associated with numbness or weakness of the legs is generally muscular or due to irritation o... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Possible : B12 deficiency can lead to neurological symptoms from neuropathy.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Depends: Hand tremors can be due to a variety of causes, most of them not serious. Reduction in stimulants (coffee) may help or additional medications such as... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Very likely: Patients that have a history of disc herniations, are more prone to get similar problems in the future. Best to have your condition looked at early w... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Small amount: A small amount of blood on the scalp is common. About the size of a quarter is frequently seen. If you are concerned ask your surgeon to take a look.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Fall precautions: Typically patients are mobilized slowly to prevent re-accumulation of the sdh.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Lymphoma : Your symptoms are classic for lymphoma and your neck pain could be due to a swollen lymph node. At your age, this is a common malignancy. You should... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Coccyx pain : Your pain is common for people who are very thin and can be helped by sitting on a gel donut.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Sciatica : This nerve is called the sciatic nerve and is made up from several nerves in your lower spine.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spinal stenosis : Back pain and leg weakness can be a sign of spinal stenosis. Sweating on the other hand is a bit unusual for this but could be related. If this is p... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 29 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
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Testimonials
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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! 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 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 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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