Dr. Kevin Vaught

Neurosurgery
Cape Girardeau, MO
30 years experience male

Locations

Regional Brain and Spine, LLC

Cape Girardeau, MO

Address

1723 Broadway, Suite 410, Cape Girardeau, MO
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

5733399709

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Coventry Health Care

First Health Group Corporation

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

791 Answers
245 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Yes : Unfortunately, cervical fractures are commonly seen in trauma centers. Many heal with wearing a collar. Some require surgical stabilization.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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See below: A LP involves withdrawing cerebrospinal fluid for study. A myelogram involves injecting a special dye for evaluation of spinal pathology. The placeme... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Meds: There are a number of medications can are used as the first treatment.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Common option: LESIs are commonly used for conservative treatment of symptomatic spinal stenosis. Check out Spine-health.com.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
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No: There has been some work to develop robotic applications for certain cranial procedures, but none that I am aware of for spine. The real trend in spi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Spine surgeon: Either a neurosurgeon or a orthopaedic spine surgeon. Check out Spine-health.com.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Two: Typically the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to monitor the patient and to ensure that they are comfortable.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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SDH: A subdural hematoma typically occurs from bridging cortical veins being torn causing blood to accumulate on the surface of the brain under the dural c... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Imaging: X-rays, ct, MRI or bone scan. All are imaging modalities that can assist with the diagnosis of a spine fracture.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
No: Time to get that checked out. Hard to say what is wrong without an exam. It may not be related to the cts.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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SDH: A subdural hematoma typically occurs from bridging cortical veins being torn causing blood to accumulate on the surface of the brain under the dural c... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
No worries : A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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3 months: The average time needed for a vertebral compression fracture to heal is 3 months.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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No: A vascular problem would be more likely.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
No worries : A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Options: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly eval... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
A common procedure : There are several common approaches for fusing the lumbar spine. A posterior approach involves exposing the posterior elements of the lumbar spine, r... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type and location of the fracture and the age of the patient. Often times, wearing a brace and avoiding strenuous activities will a... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
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6 weeks: It takes about six weeks to completely recover.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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CTR: A carpal tunnel release divides the transverse carpal ligament which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. By dividing the TCL, the median nerve is de... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Evaluation: By performing a history and physical exam and obtaining confirmatory imaging.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Just time: Hand swelling is common after a carpal tunnel release. Take it easy on the hand for a few weeks and the swelling should resolve. I tell my patients t... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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A few days: Typically, any discomfort will resolve in a few days.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Yes: Neurosurgeons routinely treat spinal disorders.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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SDH: A subdural hematoma typically occurs from bridging cortical veins being torn causing blood to accumulate on the surface of the brain under the dural c... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Kyphoplasty: Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating p... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
It can cause it: Typical symptoms of an acute lumbar radiculopathy are severe, lancinating pain in a consistent distribution. Other symptoms include numbness or tingli... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Yes: See a spine specialist. Hopefully they can identify which disc is actually causing your symptoms and develop a good treatment plan for you. Good luc... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
No: The spinal fluid goes into the abdominal cavity and is reabsorbed. It does not go into the urine. A vp shunt typically does not cause bloating.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Splints, surgery: The most common treatments for cts are wrist splints that typically are worn at night , anti inflammatory medications, some advocate steroid injecti... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Yes: Doctors treat patients not mris. Asymptomatic degenerative problems or disc herniations are very common on mris. Your doctor can use your imaging re... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Take it easy: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures ... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Common: Unfortunately, the worker's compensation system commonly has many delays in treatment. I doubt that these delays are by accident. Hang in there.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Not usually: Some surgeons use them, my sense is that most don't. It is important to take it easy after surgery.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Both are ok: Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before con... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type and location of the fracture and the age of the patient. Often times, wearing a brace and avoiding strenuous activities will a... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Surgery: If you have completed a proper work-up and have failed a reasonable period of conservative care ( at least 6-8 weeks ) and you are in significant pain... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
6 weeks: For most patients, they are able to gradually resume most normal activities around 6 weeks after surgery. Most do not require occupational therapy on ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Neurosurgeon: A neurosurgeon would typically be asked to manage an acute spinal cord injury.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Symptoms worse : I typically advise patients to consider surgery if conservative care has failed and the symptoms are getting worse. You don't want to wait too long... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
See below: Cubital tunnel syndrome can be treated by a neurosurgeon, orthopaedic surgeon or by a plastic surgeon that has done a hand fellowship.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Yes: I have performed the kyphoplasty procedure many times. It is an excellent treatment option for osteoporotic compression fractures and for some patholo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Few: If you ride in groups, follow safety rules and wear helmets, cycling is a fun and safe exercise option. Many avid cyclists are seniors. However, it... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Yes: Many can get better with time and conservative care within 6-8 weeks. Check out Spine-health.com.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Imaging: An MRI of the lumbar spine is the most common imaging study used to diagnose spinal stenosis. Check out spine-health.Com.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
CT: Plain films show bone anatomy better than an MRI. A CT is the best study for evaluating a pars defect. Check out Spine-health.com (spondylolisthesis... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
No: Imaging studies such as an MRI or CT are used not EEGs.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
30-45 min : 30-45 minutes.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
Not bad: Typically, the post-operative pain following an acdf is not bad. You may have some discomfort between the shoulders and a sore throat. Typically, mo... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
It can: It is a safe treatment option and does work for many patients. Check out spine-health.Com.
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Testimonials
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Sep 12, 2013
Outstanding Surgeon and Physician.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vaught is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Vaught is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, is there a time limit I need to wait? I just want my life back! With my DDD will this ever improve? It seems to get worse the more active I
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have maintenance ECT and it is great for me. Almost no memory loss.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

University of Tennessee, Memphis

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Cape Girardeau Region, MO - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Cape Girardeau Region, MO - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Cape Girardeau Region, MO - Summer
2013

Publications

Spinal surgery: an unusual case of spinal epidural abscess.
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