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Dr. Charles Harvey

Neurosurgery
Overland Park, KS
35 years experience male

Locations

Neurosurgery of South KC

Overland Park, KS

Address

5340 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS, United States
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

I am an experienced brain and spine surgeon with more than 20 years and 5000 surgeries under my belt. My focus is on minimally invasive techniques and microsurgery, to get optimal results. I bring compassion, honesty and the best of modern technology to your care, along with a promise to take care of you the way I would want my own family cared for. I have a career of proven excellent outcomes, and I will do my very best for you.

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

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Michigan

Doctor Q&A

79 Answers
30 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Depends!: A herniated ("ruptured", "protruded") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. In my experience it can t... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sciatica: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. A herniated disc in the lumbar area is one common cause. Simple exercises and stretchin... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Post concussive: After a concussion it is not unusual to have some persistent headache, dizziness, vertigo or general malaise. So long as the symptoms are getting bet... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Spinal Tap: Lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is a test of the cerebrospinal fluid. CSF is a clear fluid similar to saline in an IV, or eye drops, that surrounds t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Most without surgery: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. But it can take weeks to months. Othe... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Ignore: If specific activities make headache, nausea or dizziness worse, hold off on those activities!!
A male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Fracture: The transverse processes are the little wings that stick out from the side of the lumbar vertebra. Small muscles attach to them. Any fracture takes ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Primary care: General medical problems are best addressed first by your family doctor, usually a specialist in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Many women see... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Concussion: Concussion is also called mild traumatic brain injury. It is a transient loss of brain function after injury, often with a loss of consciousness. Sy... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Like a birth mark: Hemangioma in the skin is known as a 'strawberry mark' and is often found at birth. As many as 15 percent of people have a hemangioma in the bone and... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Brain surgeons: Neurosurgeons are called brain surgeons. In the USA we also perform neck and back surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and care for patients in the clin... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Maybe your back: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. One common cause is a herniated disc in the lumbar area, but that is not the only cause.... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Mixed: Back pain has many causes: muscles, disks, joints, ligaments, and referred pain from other sources. The small branch nerves to the facets which are t... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Cranial neuropathy: I would recommend seeing a neurologist. In your age group, the most common cause is diabetes but you report being In otherwise good health. Other caus... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Varies: Neurosurgery residency lasts 6-8 years after completion of Medical School. Salary depends on the PGY year of experience, and varies somewhat between ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Compression fracture: A compression fracture in the thoracic or lumbar spine will generally heal in 6-8 weeks but can take longer. If a patient of mine is not having much ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Possibly: Even though your whole head or body goes into an MRI machine, the images and evaluation are focused on specific areas. Sometimes an abnormality in an... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sciatica: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. A herniated disc in the lumbar area is one common cause. Simple exercises and stretchin... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
None: Narcotic pain medications are not a good solution. They are all addictive, and the body gets used to them in all cases. This means you will need hig... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Don't worry: The Cisterna Magna is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid at the back of the brain between the two hemispheres of the cerebellum. The size of this no... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Not necessarily: Lumbar fusion patients vary in their activity tolerance after surgery. I allow patients to lift up to 15 lb after surgery. Some have resumed full nor... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
6-8 weeks: Bony fusion grows like a fracture heals. It generally takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to see good Xray evidence of fusion. In my practice I will get X-... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Post concussive: Headache, mild nausea, some dizziness and generalized aches and pains are common after a concussion. Rest and reducing activity along with over the c... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Variable: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. In my experience it can take weeks to ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Born with it: Heterotopic grey matter is when a small island of gray matter is out of place in the white matter layer of the brain, seen on MRI. It occurs during d... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Otologist: Ear nose and throat specialists (Otolaryngologists) are the most specialized doctors who treat vertigo. They can make sure you have benign paroxysmal... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sella Turcica: The tentorium cerebelli separates the cerebellum from the cerebrum. Supratentorial means ABOVE the tentorium and Infratentorial means BELOW. The pit... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
MRI: Headache and double vision can have many causes, and you should see a doctor to get evaluated. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start, or ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Born this way: Craniosynostosis is premature closure of some of the cranial sutures, the connections between the plate-like bones of the skull that normally close as... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Brain surgery: Craniotomy is a general word for brain surgery. Risks include stroke, weakness, paralysis, seizures, trouble with speaking or understanding, numbness... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Speech disorder: This means the child has trouble making the correct sounds and movements of the mouth during speech. Intensive speech therapy is very helpful, but ch... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
It's up to you...: BUT...Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a treatable genetic disorder with a normal life span. Progress in genetics and DNA analysis suggests there ma... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Options: Your primary care doctor is a great place to start. They can coordinate your care with any needed specialists. In some communities, Physiatrists (Phys... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Should be okay!: Changes in intracranial pressure with cough or sneeze are BRIEF and TEMPORARY. Your shunt should drain normally. I see no reason for you to be conce... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Yes: Pregnant women often have sciatic pain, and in most cases it will improve. If the pain has lasted more than 2-3 weeks, discuss it with your OB. Some... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Annular tear: The disk is made of two types of cartilage: a softer inner nucleus pulposis and a fibrous stiffer annulus fibrosis. As we age, the connective tissue ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Not the same as herniated: The disk is made of two types of cartilage: a softer inner nucleus pulposis and a fibrous stiffer annulus fibrosis. As we age, the connective tissue ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
See an expert : High grade glioma is a malignant brain tumor seen in children and adults. There are no easy solutions for them. My advice is to see a national expert... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Post concussive : After a concussion it is not unusual to have some persistent headache, dizziness, vertigo or general malaise. So long as the symptoms are getting bet... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Acromegaly: Acromegaly is abnormal soft tissue growth from excessive growth hormone production by a pituitary tumor. A change in glove or shoe size can be the ea... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Dense bone: The skull rests on the first cervical vertebra, sometimes called the ATLAS, which is shaped like a ring. The second vertebra or AXIS has a thumb shap... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Post concussive : After a concussion it is not unusual to have some persistent headache, dizziness, vertigo or general malaise. So long as the symptoms are getting bet... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Back pain: Most back pain will get better without surgery. Conservative measures like physical therapy, chiropractic care, exercise, and over the counter pain m... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Failure to fuse: Failure to fuse, or pseudoarthrosis, is a risk of back surgery like yours. It happens in more than 15 percent of long spinal fusions. If it is painful... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
They don't: A pinched nerve does not generally cause swelling. But your leg may feel to you like it is swollen even if it is not. If one leg is larger than th... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Maybe: if you have a shunt, a change in headache can be a sign of shunt malfunction. A CT or MRI or other evaluation may be helpful. I would recommend that... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Its not a tumor: Brain tumors in a child can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. As you implied, persistent vomiting without a clear cause can be an important sympto... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Muscle spasm: The lumbar disks are about five inches deep inside the body and on the other side of muscles, bone, the spinal cord and spinal nerves. It is not poss... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Not Chiari: In Chiari malformation, a small part of the cerebellum protrudes through the bottom opening of the skull called the foramen magnum into the cervical s... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
The disk isn't empty: The disk has two types of cartilage: a softer inner nucleus pulposus and a fibrous stiffer annulus fibrosis. In a herniated disk, a piece of the disk ... Read More

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Apr 8, 2015
Dr. Harvey is thorough, clear, and has an outstanding educational and clinical background. I highly recommend him.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harvey is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harvey is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate you prompt response and I feel more secure. I will ask my doctor to postpone my PT due to the pain I am still in. Thanks again Dr.Harvey
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! Going to see an ent had head injury recently thank you for your help
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for taking the time to answer. Your answer reassured me.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Completed 1993

Awards

Blue Distinction Center PLUS for Spine Surgery
Number One in Illinois in Spine Surgery in 2011, Healthgrades
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Affiliations

AANS
American Association Of Neurological Surgeons / Congress Of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society (NASS)
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