Patient Testimonials

Princeton Neurological Surgery is rated 5 out of 5.0 based on 31 ratings.

Dr. Lipani and his staff are true professionals who take their time and provide unparalleled care and attention for their patients. It is difficult to find a spine surgeon willing to revise failed spine surgery at other facilities but Dr. Lipani has the skill and confidence to correct the problem and I highly recommend him.


I was working construction when I suddenly experienced neck pain that ran down my left arm and into my fingers. I also had numbness and tingling in my left hand. I thought I pulled a muscle and hoped it would just go away after a few days. But several weeks later I could no longer raise my hand above my head. At that point my wife begged me to see a doctor. My doctor ordered an MRI and recommended that I see a neurosurgeon immediately. I was very nervous at this point as the strength in my left arm was getting worse. I saw Dr. Lipani who recommended surgery. He explained how a large disc in my neck was hitting the nerve to my arm and causing weakness. Without surgery I risked permanent injury and disability. At this point I was completely freaking out. I could not risk losing the strength in my left arm. My family depended on me to be able to perform my job that required heavy lifting. Dr. Lipani calmed me down by telling me that although my problem was urgent, he had dealt with these situations many times before. After my surgery I opened my eyes to see Dr. Lipani at my bedside. Dr. Lipani told me to reach up and touch his hand using my left arm. And I did! It was truly amazing! I am so grateful to Dr. Lipani and his staff for all their help during that time.

Richard, 36 – Cervical Disc Herniation Patient

I had been suffering from lower back pain for several months. I tried physical therapy and epidurals but had no significant relief. I was experiencing a constant, burning, stabbing pain that started in my lower back and traveled all the way down the back of leg. Sitting was a virtual impossibility. The only relief I could experience was lying down. I am a child psychologist and in my daily practice sitting is unavoidable. I work with children who require my full undivided attention. When I was no longer able to do my job it was devastating… A colleague of my wife told her she had a similar problem a few years back. Dr. John Lipani was her neurosurgeon and she highly recommended him. I made an appointment to see Dr. Lipani and he showed me how one of the discs in my lower back was pinching a nerve that ran down the back of my leg. Two days later I was in the operating room where Dr. Lipani removed the herniated disc. When I awoke from surgery I immediately felt pain relief in my lower back and leg. I was up and out of bed later that afternoon. My pain is gone completely and I am back to work and feeling great! Thank you Dr. Lipani for being an excellent surgeon and also for the genuine care and concern you gave me every step of the way.

Jeff, 49 – Lumbar Disc Herniation Patient

I began to experience pain that started in my lower back and traveled down the back of my leg to my knee. It was constant and excruciating and seemed to be more intense each day. The pain pills were no longer helping. An MRI showed a spinal tumor in my lower back wrapped around a nerve. My doctor said it looked benign but would require a specialist to safely remove it from my nerve. He referred me to see Dr. Lipani. Dr. Lipani explained my problem and how he proposed to fix it. Admittedly, I was apprehensive at first. After all, spinal surgery was not something I ever wanted to experience. However, during a thorough discussion Dr. Lipani explained how he was going to use the latest surgical techniques along with the latest technology to keep me safe. I was reassured and felt much more at ease going into surgery. I am happy to report that it was a success! My tumor was removed and I was back to work the following week. I was extremely lucky to find Dr. Lipani. Dr. Lipani is an amazing surgeon and I will always be grateful to him for helping me get through such a difficult time in my life.

Ron, 53 – Spinal Tumor Patient

I am a 46 year old wife and mother of three. Two years ago I began experiencing frequent headaches. The headaches became more intense. I called my primary care physician, who after examining me and running a series of tests told me I had a brain tumor. My physician referred me to Dr. John Lipani. He told me Dr. Lipani was one of the best in the field and I would be in excellent hands. Once Dr. Lipani began explaining what was happening and how he could help me, a sense of relief came over me and I knew I was going to be alright. Dr. Lipani took the time to explain in detail what was going to happen and answered all of my questions. I knew when I left Dr. Lipani’s office that I was in great hands. A couple days later I had my surgery. Dr. Lipani removed the entire tumor and two years later I am tumor free! I wake up each day and give thanks for all that is good and for the gift of my life. Dr. Lipani is a gentle giant. I owe him my life!

Lisa, 46 – Brain Tumor Patient

Several years ago I began experiencing headaches and dizziness. Then the headaches and dizziness started becoming more frequent. They began to interfere with certain aspects of my job which required typing and editing important documents. Then I noticed a lump on the left side of my head and began to experience right sided weakness. It was then I knew I had to make an appointment with my family doctor to find out what was happening. At the time of my appointment my doctor informed me I was going to need to see a neurosurgeon with the skill and expertise to manage my care. I left the office with a referral in hand and made an appointment to see Dr. John Lipani. Dr. Lipani pointed out my MRI which showed I had a tumor compressing my brain and growing through my skull. I was horrified. After a thorough explanation, Dr. Lipani recommended surgery. I sought two second opinions who recommended a specialist with experience performing this type of surgery. I returned to Dr Lipani and he explained everything in detail again with me to the point I felt more comfortable. Dr. Lipani performed my surgery and removed my brain tumor. I woke up from surgery without any difficulty and was home in just a few days. In 4 weeks I was back to work. I am still working full time and raising my family. My tumor is gone, almost as if it was never there in the first place. I give thanks every day for the wisdom, skill and expertise of Dr. Lipani.

Monica, 39 – Brain Tumor Patient

I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and was initially treated with surgery almost 20 years ago. Recently it came back with a vengeance. My life came to a screeching halt. The pain was so bad I couldn’t eat and lost 20 lbs. With my medical problems another surgery was not an option. I tried glycerol rhizotomy but it didn’t help. Then I met Dr. Lipani and he used Cyberknife. I was pain free for the first time in months! I have my life back thanks to Dr. Lipani.

Andy, 53 – Trigeminal Neuralgia

I was horrified to learn I had a tumor on my spinal cord. Doctors told me that without surgery I would be paralyzed. I was told I needed a risky operation that would involve cutting open my chest and collapsing my lung. With my other medical problems this was a risk I did not want to take. Dr. Lipani offered me a non-invasive alternative to surgery with Cyberknife. I felt I was in good hands since Dr. Lipani has a lot of experience with both radiosurgery and open surgery. He was able to explain the risks and benefits of each procedure which help me with my decision. After three painless treatments I was no longer concerned about my spinal tumor. It’s been over three years now and I am still walking!

Karen, 54 – Spine Tumor

I had an AVM that bled initially and caused weakness on my left side with double vision. I couldn’t walk. After my initial treatment my AVM was still there. Doctors said they couldn’t operate because it would make me worse. They also said it would likely bleed again if not treated. Dr. Lipani used Cyberknife instead of surgery. There was no pain. I didn’t feel a thing. I even fell asleep during the procedure. Now I am walking without a problem and my double vision got better too. Dr. Lipani said my AVM is gone. I am so grateful for that. I feel safe now and I am blessed to be alive.

Earl, 43 – Brain Stem AVM

I had excruciating pain in my low back that confined me to a wheelchair. I was given radiation therapy but it didn’t help. My doctors told me there was nothing else that could be done for me. I asked about Cyberknife and was told repeatedly that Cyberknife would not help either. I was desperate. The pain was so bad I would cry all day long. When I saw Dr. Lipani he gave me hope that there was another option I didn’t try yet. It was Cyberknife. After my Cyberknife treatment with Dr. Lipani I was pain free and I have been pain free for over two years! After my treatment I cried tears of joy. I am so delighted to be spending quality time with my grandchildren once again, without a wheelchair and pain free.

Annette, 83 – Spine Tumor

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