Gary E. Kraus, MD, FAANS
Masaki Oishi, MD, PhD
Kraus Back & Neck Institute, Neurosurgery, PA
The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) is honored to be featured in the Top Doctor issue of H Texas for the ninth consecutive year. Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi, both top-rated neurosurgeons, have one simple goal: to deliver the highest-quality health care in a caring and compassionate environment. Physicians at the KBNI have treated more than 20,000 patients with neck and back pain, as well as spine and brain disorders, and continue to focus on the most important issue—the needs and goals of the patient. The result has been years of highly satisfied patients.
“Surgery isn’t always the solution”, says Dr. Kraus. “Many patients can achieve significant improvement in pain without the need of an operation.” Adds Dr. Oishi, “Having the ability to perform non-surgical as well as surgical techniques helps us diagnose the problem and find out what’s causing the pain.” It is this conservative approach—avoiding surgery when possible, but using the most current and advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques when necessary—which has gained the confidence of many patients to refer trusted family and friends for care.
Some of the conservative methods used to treat disorders of the neck and back include physical medicine, traction, ultrasound, massage and heat. In addition, epidural steroid injections, sacro-iliac joint injections and facet blocks are used as needed. Inflatable bracing has helped many patients, and transdermal ointments are used when appropriate. When spine surgery is necessary, some of the most advanced techniques, including a robotic surgical guidance system, are available.
“Many patients come to see us because they have low-back or neck pain, leg or arm pain, and weakness. They may have been in an injury, and suffered trauma to their spine. Many patients are scared, depressed, and fearful. Pain has taken over their lives, their families and their jobs,” relates Dr Kraus.
“A big fear of patients is that they may require a large operation. Many are relieved to know that there are often numerous treatment options available to improve pain without an operation,” adds Dr. Oishi.
Many patients treated at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute have experienced significant improvements in their pain and “gotten their lives back.” Patients have said, “I wish I had received treatment a long time ago. For the first time in years, I have no pain.” The goal at the KBNI is to restore function and get patients back to their lives with their families and at their jobs.
“Most patients don’t need to see the inside of an operating room,” affirms Dr. Kraus.“So don’t live in fear and pain,” advises Dr. Oishi.
Both Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi have had tremendous experience with thousands of complex spine and brain operations, treated with minimally invasive or traditional surgical procedures. Each stays current on the most cutting edge advances in the field of neurosurgery.
Dr. Kraus is the past Chairman of Neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, and Director of Neurosciences and Gamma Knife at West Houston Medical Center. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kraus is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has been listed in “Best Doctors in America,” Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Texas Super Doctors, featured in Newsweek among “Best Neurosurgeons in Texas” and “Neurosurgery Leaders in the United States,” and is listed in “Who’s Who in America.”
Publications include the textbook Microsurgical Anatomy of the Brain: A Stereo Atlas (Williams and Wilkins), as well as numerous peer-reviewed papers and chapters in neurosurgery journals and textbooks.
Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, BS, Physics, Electrical Engineering; State University of New York/Stony Brook, MD; St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, Residency in Neurosurgery; Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, Fellowship Neurovascular, Skull Base Surgery
Dr. Oishi was born and raised in the United States, and was awarded the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award in 1989. He is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was awarded the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Wilder Penfield Clinical Investigation Fellowship in spine surgery in 2002 and is one of the very few fellowship-trained spine surgeons in the state of Texas. Dr. Oishi has been in practice for 10 years, and also holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the prestigious Rockefeller University in New York City. He has been nominated to the AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Committee. Publications include chapters in the textbook Spine: State of the Art Reviews (STARs) as well as multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurosurgery, Journal of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and The EMBO Journal.
Education: Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, MD; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, Residency in Neurosurgery; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Fellowship Spine Surgery
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