Neurosugery Procedures and Treatments

The Division of Neurosurgery offers state of the art surgical management of disorders of the nervous system including:

  • Minimally invasive removal of brain tumors
  • MRI guided laser ablation surgery (Visualase)
  • Surgical treatment of Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory/Infectious processes of the brain and spine (e.g. brain abscess)
  • Peripheral nerve surgery (e.g. Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Programbrachial plexus repair)
  • Surgical treatment of Spasticity (selective dorsal rhizotomy/baclofen pumps)
  • Surgical treatment of vascular malformations of the brain and spinal cord

Surgical Excellence

The surgical team is pushing forward the frontiers of pediatric neurosurgery through its active clinical and translational research programs to develop novel treatment approaches for pediatric brain tumors and head trauma and new non-invasive surgical approaches for the treatment of epilepsy.

In addition, the team has clinical expertise using:

  • Minimally invasive endoscopic techniques
  • Frameless stereotactic guidance
  • Intraoperative mapping to preserve normal brain function

Read below for more details about the different surgical procedures offered:

Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction

When peripheral nerves are unable to heal on their own, surgery is typically required to free them from scar, or it may be performed to repair or reconstruct them. Reconstruction of injured nerves can be performed with grafts from another part of the body, or transfers from a working muscle to a non-functioning muscle. Learn more

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

Computed tomography is a medical imaging test that can be used as a diagnostic tool for a wide variety of medical conditions. It involves taking pictures of sections or slices of the body, layer by layer, to get a complete picture of an area of the body. Learn more

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure involving the implantation of a “brain pacemaker” that sends electrical impulses, via implanted electrodes to specific parts of the brain for treatment of movement disorders. Learn more

Dorsal Rhizotomy

A treatment to relieve spasticity, dorsal rhizotomy or selective dorsal rhizotomy is a surgical procedure in which the neurosurgeon divides the dorsal roots (those nerves that transmit sensation from the muscles to the spinal cord) that lie in the spinal canal. Learn more

Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy with Choroid Plexus Cauterization

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization is a surgical treatment option for hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain. Learn more

Intraoperative Brain Mapping

Intraoperative brain mapping is a form of brain surgery performed while the patient is awake. It is done for patients with tumors or lesions near critical functional brain regions and require the patient to be responsive and able to communicate with the surgeon during the procedure. Learn more

Intrathecal Baclofen Pump

An intrathecal baclofen pump is a treatment for severe muscle spasticity for children who have difficulty taking pills or who need to have more direct treatment for their muscle spasms. Learn more

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is a broad term that applies to a wide range of medical procedures. It refers to any surgery where small incisions are made and telescopes and operating instruments are passed into the body, allowing the operation being performed with the surgeon viewing the procedure on a nearby television screen. Learn more

MRI-Guided Laser Ablation Surgery

MRI-guided laser ablation surgery (Visualase) is a non-invasive technique that’s used to treat brain tumors, epilepsy and other problems. Learn more

Shunt Placement

A shunt is a valve that is connected to a catheter to divert excess cerebral spinal fluid to another part of the body for absorption. Our neurosurgeons use various types of shunt valves, both fixed pressure and programmable valves to treat hydrocephalus in babies and children. These options are determined based on each patient's individual needs. Learn more

Spinal Tap and Lumbar Puncture

Lumbar puncture and spinal tap are two terms for the same medical procedure. It involves removing a sample of spinal fluid from the spine in order to diagnose a potential infection. Learn more