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Neurology or Neurologist

When would I need a neurosurgeon?

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Neurosurgeons are medical specialists trained to help patients with head and spine trauma; cerebrovascular disorders, such as aneurysms of the brain and clogged arteries in the neck that can lead to strokes; chronic low back pain; birth defects; brain and spinal tumors. A neurosurgeon may provide either surgical or non-surgical care depending on the nature of the injury or illness.

Neurosurgical Services

  • Head and spine injuries
  • Herniated disks, stenosis or spinal instability requiring instrumentation
  • Tumors of the brain
  • Cerebral vascular abnormalities
  • Infections of the brain and spine
  • Pediatric tumors
  • Chronic pain
  • Neurological Services

Typical brain surgery procedures can include:

  • Craniotomies (opening the skull to expose the brain for tumor removal or to clip a bleeding aneurysm in the brain and prevent or minimize stroke impairments).
  • Skull-base surgery (to address tumors or blood vessel abnormalities at the base of the skull. These can include pituitary tumors, or deep-seated aneurysms.
  • Carotid endarterectomy (removing plaque that is stopping blood flow from the carotid artery to the brain).
  • Subdural hematomas (Often the result of a closed head injury or brain trauma). The blood clot causes an increase in pressure on the brain.

Spine procedures can include:

  • Spinal decompressions (minimally invasive endoscopic procedure for herniated discs to either remove a portion of the nucleus in the affected disc, to manipulate a disk back into place, or to remove bone fragments and spurs).
  • Laminectomies (a procedure for spinal stenosis to relieve pain where bone is impinging on the nerve. A small portion of bone impinging on the nerve root or disc material from the nerve root is removed to give the root more space).
  • Anterior or posterior spinal fusions (One or more vertebrae are fused together to treat broken vertebrae, correct deformity, treat instability or pain, or treat a herniated cervical disc).
  • Kyphoplasty (minimally invasive procedure for spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis or cancer).
  • IDET surgeries (a minimally invasive treatment for chronic low back pain for certain types of degenerative disc disease).
  • Removal of spinal tumors

When would I need a neurologist?

Neurologists treat patients with complex disorders of the nervous system such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, epilepsy, headache disorders, infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system. Neurologists often work closely with neurosurgeons, but do not perform surgery. 

Neurology Services

  • Bell's Palsy (facial paralysis)
  • Stroke/Brain Attack
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Headache Diagnosis and Management
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Neurofibroma
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (facial pain)
  • Epilepsy