When to See a Neurosurgeon

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The types of conditions neurosurgeons diagnose and treat go beyond those of the brain. Neurosurgeons are specially trained to treat a variety of conditions, disorders and diseases that affect all aspects of the nervous system- from disorders of the spine and head injuries to chronic pain, nerve injuries and stroke. While neurosurgeons can provide an extensive amount surgical procedures, their treatment offerings or recommendations also extend to nonsurgical methods. At Rebound, we have a multidisciplinary brain and spine neurosurgery team of specialized physicians equipped with the latest technologies to diagnose, treat and improve the lives of patients. Our surgeons involve their patients every step of the way, from evaluating their health, medical history and symptoms, to diagnosing the issue and working with the patient to create a personalized treatment and recovery plan.

Types of conditions neurosurgeons commonly treat*:

Carotid artery disease

Carotid artery disease is a condition that affects the major blood vessels that supply blood to the head and neck. Learn how our team uses carotid endarterectomy to remove the buildup of plaque in the carotid arteries, improve a patient’s vascular health and prevent stroke here.

Cervical spine disorders

If you’re experiencing pain in the neck, shoulders, arms or hands, as well as tingling, numbness or weakness, you may be suffering from a cervical spine disorder. Our team will work with you to find the root of the problem and design a treatment plan. Discover our tips for preventing neck pain here.

Chronic pain

If you’re experiencing pain related to the nervous system that does not subside or has fluctuated for extensive periods of time, a neurosurgeon may be able to diagnose and treat you, or refer you to an appropriate physician. Our neurosurgeons provide treatment for the chronic pain condition called trigeminal neuralgia as well.

Head injury

At Rebound, we have a skilled team able to address a variety of head injuries, from concussions to brain trauma. Find out how our neurosurgeons diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries here, and find out what symptoms to look for here. See what Dr. Modha has to say about concussions and return-to-play standards here.

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is condition that involves an exorbitant buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Infants and children are susceptible to hydrocephalus and may experience nausea, vomiting, seizures, headaches, vision issues, sleepiness and irritability. In adults, chronic headaches, vision problems and dizziness are more common. Learn more here.

Herniated disc

A herniated disc occurs when there is a break in the cartilage that surrounds and protects a disc in the spine. When this happens, pressure is placed on the nerves in the spine and results in arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. Fortunately, many cases can be resolved or improved without surgery.

Lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition involving the narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of nerves traveling through the lower back. Pain, weakness and numbness in the legs are common symptoms. Learn more here.

Pituitary tumors

Our team provides surgical treatment for pituitary tumors, which are growths that form in the pituitary gland (base of the brain). Endoscopic surgery, craniotomy or Gamma Knife may be used to treat pituitary tumors depending on the severity and patient.

Sciatica

Sciatica is the inflammation and irritation of the sciatic nerve, which causes pain and discomfort in the lower back, thigh and leg. Sciatica may be the result of a pinched nerve, herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. Most often, sciatica is treated without surgery. Treatment may involve rest, anti-inflammatories, steroid injections and physical therapy.

Stroke

Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain abruptly stops or becomes reduced. This causes the brain tissue to be deprived of important oxygen and nutrients. Immediate treatment is crucial when it comes to stroke. Learn about the causes and treatment available here, and prevention and awareness here.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition involving the trigeminal nerve in the face. Symptoms can be sporadic or constant, depending on the patient. Many experience sharp, intense pain in the lower face and jaw. Learn more about trigeminal neuralgia from our experts here.

Tumors – Brain & Spine

Our neurosurgery team may perform craniotomy, endoscopic brain surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery like Gamma Knife or CyberKnife for brain tumors.

Vertebral Fractures

Our neurosurgeons provide two minimally invasive procedures, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty that help stabilize vertebral fractures. Learn when kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty may be used as treatment, how the procedures are performed, and the recovery process here.

 

*Please note that patients must have a provider referral.