Neurological Surgery and Spinal Care

Neurosurgery is the field of medicine that focuses on conditions of the nervous system, which includes the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, and peripheral nerves. Neurosurgeons are physicians who practice in this field, and they help prevent, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of this entire system. Although they are typically thought of as “brain surgeons” their knowledge extends far beyond performing surgery on the brain; they treat patients with conditions as common as back pain and as specialized as Parkinson’s Disease. Their expertise in the nervous system means they are often consulted by other health care providers on difficult cases, and they sometimes work with other physicians on a treatment team to coordinate care for a patient.

At BASS Medical Group, our neurosurgeons provide high-quality care for patients with brain, spine, and peripheral nerve conditions. Their specialized education and training means are able to offer a full spectrum of neurological care. Although they are surgeons, they are qualified to provide both surgical and non-surgical care to their patients, and they only suggest surgical options when they are necessary and beneficial. It is important to remember that if a physician refers you to a neurosurgeon it does not necessarily mean they believe you need surgery, it just means they know you will benefit from being treated by a neurological expert.

Our neurosurgeons utilize advanced procedures and treatments, and specialize in minimally invasive and endoscopic approaches. They practice with the goal of minimizing recovery times so their patients can get back to living their lives to the fullest. Neurological conditions can be complex and oftentimes overwhelming for those affected, which is why our surgeons emphasize empathetic care and patient education. During your visits, they will happily answer any questions you may have so that you can be well-informed in all aspects of your condition.

At BASS Medical Group, our neurosurgeons treat the full spectrum of neurological diseases and disorders including:

  • Degenerative conditions
    • Arthritis
    • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
    • Herniated disc
    • Myelopathy
    • Radiculopathy
    • Neurogenic claudication
    • Spinal deformity
  • Brain and pituitary tumors
  • Movement disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor, and dystonia)
  • Spine Tumors
  • Pain conditions
  • Vascular conditions including
    • Trigeminal neuralgia/facial pain
    • Cerebral aneurysms
    • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Arterio-venous malformations
    • Cavernous malformations
  • Spine Trauma
    • Central cord syndrome
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Compression fracture
    • Traumatic spinal instability
  • Peripheral nerve conditions (carpal tunnel syndrome and compressive ulnar neuropathy)

Trauma/hydrocephalus (malignant cerebral edema, subdural hematoma, concussion)

As part of their evaluation, your neurosurgeon will likely conduct a physical exam, inquire about the details of your symptoms, discuss any past treatments, and review any imaging results. You may be asked to bring copies of the images themselves to your appointments (as opposed to only the reports) in order for your neurosurgeon to make a thorough evaluation of your condition. After their diagnosis, your neurosurgeon will provide you with a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual condition and lifestyle.

Your neurosurgeon might perform one or more of the following procedures during the diagnostic or treatment process:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Surgical navigation
  • Radiosurgery/stereotactic radiation
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Laser thermal ablation for treatment of brain tumors Neuro-endoscopy

To learn more about what our qualified neurosurgeons can do for you, give us a call at (925) 350-4044 or visit East Bay Brain and Spine.

Sources:

http://www.aans.org/Patients
https://eastbaybrainandspine.com
http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/departments/clinical-departments/neurosurgery/about/what-is-neurosurgery.cfm