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Pain Management Surgery

We are the neurosurgical practice that truly cares for the whole of the patient.

Ongoing neck, spine and other neurological issues cause both physical and mental trauma to patients and their families. Chronic pain affects 50 million individuals in the United States. Many of these people suffer from neuropathic pain, which is caused by a nerve-related injury or illness. While some cases of nerve pain respond to non-surgical, conservative treatments such as cognitive therapy, physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications or nerve blocks, while many others do not.

For cases in which pain is unresolved, implantable neuromodulation therapies may be the answer. These therapies include pain pumps that administer pain medication and neurostimulation, also known as spinal cord stimulation or SCS.

A surgically implanted drug pump delivers pain medication directly to the intrathecal space, or the fluid around the spinal cord where the pain signals begin. Not only does this technique better target areas of pain than do oral medications, but it also requires only a fraction of the medication that would be needed if taken orally.

A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that is surgically placed beneath the skin. It sends electrical impulses to the brain and spinal cord that in turn block pain signals. The spinal cord stimulator does not fix or treat the source of pain, but it provides enough pain relief for some people that they can participate in their favorite activities again.

We get people back to their lives. Faster.

Dr. Dagam is highly experienced at installing intrathecal pain pumps and spinal cord stimulators. For many of these cases, other types of specialists (such as physiatrists or anesthesiologists) may implant a temporary pump or stimulator in order to determine the patient’s response to treatment. If the patient responds well, Dr. Dagam surgically performs the permanent installation, after which the patient returns to have the device calibrated and programmed.

Dr. Dagam also performs functional neurosurgery to resolve pain conditions resulting from peripheral nerve damage such as carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome, or disorders of the ulnar nerve such as cubital tunnel syndrome.

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“Dr. Dagam is a rarity in this day and age. He is a doctor that actually takes the time to get to know you as a whole person not just the part of the body that is causing painful issues. I had severe back pain and neuropathy in my foot for 9 years. He took the time from day one to actually listen to me and he could hear the frustration in my voice from going to so many doctors and not getting answers. It has been 3 months since my surgery and I’ve started PT. I am feeling a great deal less pain. I would recommend Dr. Dagam very highly.”


We listen and we empathize.

Doreen Lackowski

Practice Manager

I’m Doreen – Practice Manager for Dagam Neurosurgery. I joined Dr Dagam’s team in 2013 with 15 years of medical office experience. My commitment to Dagam Neurosurgery is to make sure all of our patients and their families experience the best care possible. What I love most about my job is getting to know we as a team made a positive difference in someone’s life! In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, traveling, watching movies, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Sonia Moore

Medical Record Specialist

My name is Sonia and I have been the Medical Records Specialist at Dagam Neurosurgery for 5 years. I provide, obtain and prepare records for patient charts, attorneys and other providers involved in the patients care. What I like most about my job is my coworkers. Working well together allows our office to run smoothly and provide the best care possible to our patients, that’s what I’m passionate about. Outside of work, I enjoy cheering on the Brewers, Bucks and the Packers - especially going to the games with my family and friends. As time allows, I also enjoy painting ceramics.

Boe Boedecker

Physician Assistant

I'm Beau Boedecker, Physician Assistant with Dr. Dagam since graduating from Midwestern University in 2010. What I like most about my role is patient care — from their first consultation evaluation to all of their follow-through. This includes being in surgery alongside Dr. Dagam. In my spare time, I enjoy a hodgepodge of astrophysics, baseball, traveling the world with my wife and sipping a good cup of coffee.

Cathy Pabich

Surgical Coordinator

My name is Cathy and for the past 4 years I have been Dr. Dagam’s Surgical Coordinator. I do my best to make the surgery scheduling process as easy as possible for all our patients, every step of the way. What I love most about my job is knowing that the outcome of a patient’s surgery helped improve their quality of life, which makes dealing with insurance companies for procedure authorizations all worth it! In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, shopping and watching the History channel and Food Network.  

Tina Spritka

Lead Medical Receptionist

My name is Tina and I am the Lead Medical Receptionist celebrating 5 years with Dr. Dagam and his team. After many years of experience in a Neurosurgical clinic, what I enjoy most is knowing that I make a difference in the day-to-day routine of our practice from triaging phone calls to scheduling appointments. In my spare time I enjoy being outside gardening and traveling with my husband.