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Dr. William Betts

Neurosurgery
Foreman, AR
34 years experience

Locations

Office

Austin, TX

Address

3218 Park Hills Drive, Austin, TX
Directions

About

Bio

++++++++++++I am in the army reserve in order to take care of our troops. I do intracranial and complex spine surgery. I do shunts, aneurysm clippings, bypasses, tumor resections and functional neurosurgery including stimulators for Parkinson's.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

105 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Tinnitus: Normally a humming sound or the high pitch machine noise or gear noise is do to a problem in the ear or eustachian tubes. It is called tinnitus (tin ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Fluroscopy is best: With fluorscopy the joint can be seen provided the individual is not too obese. The ultrasound is not useful.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Epidural: You do not need a c-section because of cp. The epidural is not placed over the spinal cord but over the nerve roots. Your chance of anything bad hap... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Tingling: This is more than likely due to something in your neck irritating a sensory part of the nerve usually C6 or c7. If you are concerned about it you sho... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Ozone: It has shown some promise with herniated discs but not for the treatment of kyphosis or facet pain.
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Time in air cast: You must stay in the cast as long as your doctor instructs you to. Patient's have variable healing times and needed to be followed with x-ray. It wi... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Acquired hydrocephal: Hydrocephalus at birth is usually secondary to an intracranial hemorrhage at birth or before birth. The most common form later is secondary to stenos... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Spondylolisthesis: What surgery did you have? It would goog to revisist with your surgeon. There can be degenerative changes in your spine as a result of the surgery o... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Delerium tremens: Latin for "shaking frenzy". These are due to severe alcohol withdrawl. A person who acutely withdraws from chronic alcohol abuse needs to be medical... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Cold: Viruses may affect our senses including sense of smell and our tastes, taste buds. Antibiotics very often affect our taste buds. Usually these recov... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Sinus infection: These indicate chronic and repeated sinus infections and should be evaluated by an ENT surgeon. Chronic infections in sinuses can lead to bacteria en... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Good : The programmable shunt should be reprogrammed after exposure to a highly magnetic field such as mri.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Sinusitis: Sinusitis is common in certain areas of the country with high allergens. Most acute sinusitises are treated by primary care only when the patient de... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Stroke symptoms: Facial weakness, arm weakness, slurred speech can be signs. They can be very dramatic or very slurred. The person may lose consciousness or vision m... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Compression fracture: Often when there is some nerve impingement there is a feeling of swelling. The numbness also signals possible nerve root impingement. I do not know ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Puffy back: There is fat there that is greater on some people. If there is no pain, reddness or drainage from the area it is most likely normal. If it bothers y... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Syringomyelia: There is an association that is not well studied and beyond the amount of space I have here. At 22 years of age you should have stabilized your spine... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Loss of Taste: Probably not. The sense of smell is carried through small fibers of the olfactory nerve that pass through the front base of the skull. These fibers ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Pneumococcal meningi: This is not a major risk in adults. It is a risk in children especially under 6. Neisseria meningitis is a risk for college students and there are ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Study from 1976: There was an increase in blacks and more so native americans but was thought to do with over crowding and poverty. There is some more recent evidence... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Progression: The disease progresses as more motor neurons die off ultimately leading to paralysis and or stopping breathing. Als is the most deadly motor neuron d... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Distal tubing: There are several methods used including endoscopic placement with only one or two small incisions. I like to make a small incision in the abdomen wh... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
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LEEP: The purpose is to remove abnormal cells. There is no guarantee that all of the abnormal cells are removed or that they will not recurr. The purpose ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
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Talk to surgeon: These are benign lesions but can recur. Complications depend on where they are and the competency and experience of the surgeons removing them. A 3c... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Pressure: The shunt has a programmed pressure at which the valve will open therefore the pressure will not exceed that valve pressure. Repeated bending and sta... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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Omeprazole: Dizzyness and sleepiness are not common side effects of omeprazole. Look on drugs.com or .org (I can't remember). I am sure that you will find a long... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
TBI: About 2 years after a tbi you should be just about where you are going to get back to. Any other gains would be very slow.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questiona... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
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MC concussion: It takes at least 6 months to recover from the most minor head injury. Give yourself some more time. Avoid any recurrent head injury.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Rarely: Discs do reabsorb or retract over time but this is over a prolonged period. If the nerve is injured and there is radiculopathy you will likely lose f... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Pars fracture: Chance of this healing is pretty much zero. I have never seen it heal.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Meningitis: Teenagers are not more susceptible to pneumococcal meningitis. Children under age 6 are at the greatest risk.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Concussion: If your accident was 7 days ago, you do not still have a concussion. I do not know your symptoms but if you are concerned please see your family doct... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Leep procedure: Loop electrosurgical excision procedure is often used for surgical excision of cervical (vaginal) lesions. You can expect some cramping for hours aft... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
No: After sustaining a concussion an individual should avoid dangerous activity for up to 6 months. A second head injury including a concussion could hav... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Back pain and white : You should see your family physician or gynecologist. You could have a pyelonephritis which could damage your kidney function. This is not uncommon ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
No: A concussion is a brief loss of consciousness or an alteration of consciousness but is brief lasting seconds to minutes. Coma would result from a muc... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Siphon / Anti-siphon: No, all shunts do not have anti-siphon valves and there still remains some controversy as to whether they make a difference. In theory as you rise fr... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Thin blood: You do not need to thin out your blood and you should stop aspirin. See your neurosurgeon and get the aneurysm treated. It is reasonably safe today ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Arressted Hydro: Arrested hydrocephalus' is said to have occurred when the intracranial pressure returns to normal, despite the ventricles remaining dilated. The CSF a... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Aneurysm: Certainly, an aneurysm can be terrifying. An 8mm aneurysm is large and should be treated at your age. It may be able to be treated endoscopically by... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Shunt pumping: It is not a good idea to pump your own shunt. If it is not working correctly pumping the shunt under supervision of a neurosurgeon may be required. ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Shunt dependence: Shunt dependence is common when an emergent evd is not needed and needed. It depends on the reason for the evd. The longer the evd is in increases t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Heat stroke: Heat stroke occurs in a hot environment where the individual has become extremely dehydrated. At some point the body starts to conserve water rather ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Pilonidal cyst: The cyst wall and cyst contents must be removed and then the skin reapproximated. The healing depends on the individual but could take 6 weeks to 3 m... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
MRSA: As long as the patient is in good health other than the infection and is on the proper antibiotic regime then a good wash out and reset with titanium ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Low ferritin: Low ferritin levels are often the precursor to iron deficiency anemia, and there are many causes of low ferritin levels: excessive blood loss (due to... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Local anesthesia: Depending on the pharmacologic agent used no longer than 6 -8 hours. Usually within an hour or two.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Epidural Injections: Epidural injections do not always work. A bulging disc can cause discogenic back pain. You need to see a neurosurgeon who specializes in back pain.... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
No: Bulging discs in the neck may often be treated with physical therapy especially cervical traction and home cervical traction. Bulging discs are often... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Betts is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Betts is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Oct 9, 2016
Didn't talk to him yet but I am planning to.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you Dr, Betts I am going to see an ENT on 10/28/13. Or before.
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Your answer made me feel good, thanks! Thank you so much. I always worry before I put anything in my body.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Not very good with a computer but just got it Thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Texarkana, AR - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Texarkana, AR - Winter
2013
Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, Arkansas - Winter
2013
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