Does Dr. Kalia have an accent ? No. How do you pronounce his name?  Come-ull Call-ee-ya, accent on the "call"

How long has Dr. Kalia been a doctor/neurosurgeon ? I graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, in 1990 and completed neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. I am board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery

How many operations has he done ? I perform approximately 250 surgeries/year of a mixture of both brain and spine surgery. The most common surgery I perform is microscopic spine surgery. As far as particular types of surgery, if I offer you the option of surgery, that means I have experience doing it. In this day, where personal injury lawyers and patients will readily sue, I cannot afford to put patients at risk, and my assets in jeopardy by doing something I have no business doing. If I can't do it, I'll send you to someone who can; someone I would send my own family to.

How long will my surgery take? How long will I be in hospital ? Tack on 30 minutes to times below for anesthesia

Will I need rehab or physical therapy after surgery? That depends on how you do after surgery. If you need it, you'll get it.

What restrictions do I have after surgery ? None really EXCEPT....If it hurts, don't do it. Keep the dressing on for 3 days;change it if needed. After 3 days, it can stay off. It's OK to shower, no soaking baths though until wound healed and sutures/staples removed. After brain surgery, it's OK to shampoo after 3 days. Call my office for a follow up appointment.

How long will I be out of work ? That depends on you, how you feel. It's totally up to you. Plan on taking 2-4 weeks off. If you are ready to go back sooner, go back.

How much can I lift/do after surgery? Whatever you feel comfortable lifting/doing.

Kamal Kalia, M.D., FAANS

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