Choosing the right doctor can be difficult. A doctor’s credentials and experience might look great on paper or on his website, but that doesn’t tell you anything about his personality or bedside manner. Will you get along with him? Will he take the time to listen to all your concerns?
We like to post short videos of our doctors so that potential patients can get an idea of what they are like, in their own words and voices. This time we have a new video introducing Dr. Marc Otten, Director of Columbia Neurosurgery at Lawrence Hospital.
Dr. Otten is a neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive techniques. This means he uses techniques that allow him to do procedures with the smallest possible incisions, or no visible incision at all. Minimally invasive procedures often result in a shorter hospital stay, less pain and a faster recovery overall.
Dr. Otten is an expert in using non-invasive imaging techniques, such as X-ray and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), to map out brain function in patients with tumors. This brain mapping lets him plan the safest and most effective ways to approach a tumor without having to do major surgery to get a look at it. “My work is focused on using imaging to look inside, without having to look inside,” he says.
One of the reasons he chose to work with Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was the opportunity to collaborate with other experts in different subspecialties of neurosurgery, with the goal of providing the best care possible.
“That expertise is really unprecedented,” he says in the video, “and provides far and away the best care possible for patients. So the opportunity to come and work with that group, to be part of that team and give that level of care, was too good to pass up.”
Watch the video and get to know Dr. Otten in his own words.
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