Neurosurgery at Summit Health provides access to neurosurgeons, physician assistants (PAs), and advance practice nurses. Our neurosurgeons have a wide range of neurological surgery expertise.
Types of Neurosurgery
Our neurosurgeons perform a variety of surgeries, including but not limited to:
- General neurosurgery
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Spine surgery: degenerative, traumatic and acquired spinal conditions
What is Neurological Surgery?
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that deals with diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and problems of the nervous system.
Neurosurgeons are more than brain surgeons. They also evaluate and treat neurological disorders that involve any part of the nervous system, including the spine.
Our Neurosurgery Services
Our neurosurgeons treat:
- Brain tumors
- Spinal tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Spinal stenosis
Patients who require neurosurgery often are those who have neurologic abnormalities including but not limited to: hydrocephalus, intracranial or spinal cord neoplasms, subdural hematomas, intracranial hemorrhages, nerve compression due to injury or herniated discs.
In addition to working with the Neurology department at Summit Health, our neurosurgeons partner with physicians in other medical specialties such as orthopedic surgeons, otolaryngologists, oncologists and ophthalmologists to provide comprehensive care.
Functional Neurosurgery: A Novel Treatment Approach
Some of the patients who come to Summit Health seeking brain or spinal care live with chronic debilitating pain or a significant loss of function. Functional neurosurgery is a growing area of medicine that uses state-of-the-art technology and devices to restore function and reduce pain in patients with chronic problems associated with movement-related disorders, back pain, or spinal injuries. These therapies typically use electrical stimulation delivered to the spine to interrupt the pain signals being relayed back to the brain, or direct stimulation of the brain itself.
We offer the following functional neurosurgical modalities:
- Spinal cord stimulation - Uses an implant in the spine to interrupt pain signals, treating patients with chronic pain from failed back surgery, lower back pain that is refractory to all treatment, and painful neuropathy/neuropathic pain.
- Deep brain stimulation - As movement disorders like Parkinson's disease and essential tremors progress to later stages, many patients are unable to control their symptoms with medication. Electrodes are precisely implanted into specific areas of the brain that help regulate these abnormal impulses.