Neurological surgery

Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. A neurological surgeon may provide either surgical or non-surgical care, depending on the nature of the injury or illness. ETMC is fortunate to have world-class neurosurgeons practice through the ETMC Neurological Institute, a coalition of top physicians in all phases of neuroscience care.

These surgeons treat accidents that injure the head, spinal cord or nerves require neurosurgical treatment. Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons also care for patients with tumors of the brain or spinal cord.

Patients threatened by a serious stroke may also have neurosurgery to increase the blood supply to areas of the brain and spinal cord. Removal of arteriosclerotic debris that has clogged neck arteries is a common neurosurgical procedure to restore normal circulation to the brain.

Perhaps the most common condition that neurosurgeons treat is pain in the neck or lower back spreading to the arm or leg due to a ruptured disk. Slipped disks or pinched nerves may be treated non-surgically through bed rest, back braces or therapy. Neurological surgery is performed to treat disability or pain symptoms.

Over the years, ETMC has consistently brought new technology to its neuroscience surgical program to help our specialists provide care in this important and quickly evolving field. For example, neurosurgeons here are using the Medtronic StealthStation, a powerful computer-assisted imaging tool that enables them to navigate the delicate structures of the brain and nervous system with more safety and precision.

By combining the StealthStation with a new Carl Zeiss Pentero operating microscope, surgeons are able to see a three-dimensional map of the inside of a patient’s cranial cavity, pinpointing the exact position of their surgical instruments in relation to the tumor and other brain structures. As a result, they are able to more aggressively remove “bad” tissue without harming “good” tissue.

The StealthStation makes neurosurgery faster, safer and less invasive, all with the goal of improving patient outcomes. It’s just one example of ETMC’s commitment to neurosurgery excellence that in the past would have only been offered at leading metropolitan medical centers.