Neurology/Neurosurgery


Presence Saint Francis Hospital


Presence Saint Francis Hospital
355 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
847-316-4000
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Saint Francis Hospital offers groundbreaking technologies and treatment methods for several types of neurological disorders and illnesses. Our neurology and neurosurgical specialists work collaboratively to determine the best form of treatment for each individual.

From the latest treatments to supportive pain management and rehabilitation programs, Saint Francis Hospital is your partner for comprehensive neurology services.

Surgical Services

  • Micro Discectomy - Micro Discectomy is a newer form of back surgery using smaller incisions. This surgery is indicated for those patients with intractable disk disease of the lower spine, typically the lumbar spine.
  • Lumbar Fusions - Lumbar fusion surgery uses a bone and plating system designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, which in turn should decrease pain generated from the joint. The surgery involves adding bone graft to an area of the spine for regrowth between the two vertebral elements to form one long bone. While used mostly for degenerative disc disease, lumbar fusion surgery may also be used to treat other conditions such as a weak or unstable spine, fractures, scoliosis or deformity.
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF) - This surgery is performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots or on the spinal cord and could be an effective treatment option for degenerative arthritis.
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery for treating brain tumors - Stereotactic Radiosurgery is an exciting new minimally invasive treatment for brain tumors. This computerized technology enables neurosurgeons to deliver a high dose of radiation to small or difficult to reach lesions in a singe session while at the same time protecting the surrounding healthy tissues.

Pain Management

Our on-site Pain Management Center effectively helps neurological patients alleviate pain or manage chronic pain. The Center is managed by a team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and therapists and treatments are administered by an experienced Anesthesiologist. The Center is used as a non-operative alternative as well as treatment of pain post-operatively. Pain medication may be given orally or intravenously. Your physician, with input from you, will choose a route that is most suitable to meet your needs for pain management.

Rehabilitation Services

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Saint Francis Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to return patients to their fullest possible function. Comprehensive treatments are available specifically for neurologically impaired patients using a wide range of therapies to help rebuild strength and overcome the challenges of back problems and other neurological disorders.



Saint Joseph Hospital


Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
773-665-3000
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Saint Joseph Hospital offers a full spectrum of medical, pharmacological and support therapies for diagnosing, treating and relieving a range of neurological problems such as stroke, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. These range from prescription medicines and biofeedback to physical therapy. Our team of neurologists and neurosurgeons work with each patient to determine the best treatment plan.

Surgical Services

  • Endoscopic Techniques - Used to treat tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and many other problems. These procedures typically involve operating through a small incision using a thin catheter.
  • Radiosurgery - Uses focused radiation to treat brain and spinal tumors, aneurysms and blood vessel abnormalities. While called surgery, radiosurgery does not involve any incisions.
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation - Involves the implantation of electrical stimulators to help control Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and other disorders.
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery - Uses sophisticated 3-D computer imaging for treating brain tumors.
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF) - Performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots or on the spinal cord.
  • Micro Discectomy - Is a newer form of back surgery using smaller incisions. This surgery is usually performed on patients with intractable disk disease of the lower spine, typically the lumbar spine.
  • Lumbar Fusions - Uses a bone and plating system designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, which decreases pain generated from the joint. The surgery involves adding bone graft to an area of the spine for regrowth between the two vertebral elements to form one long bone. While used mostly for degenerative disc disease, lumbar fusion surgery may also be used to treat other conditions such as a weak or unstable spine, fractures, scoliosis or deformity.

Medical Neurology Services

Saint Joseph Hospital offers a wide range of neurological testing. After analyzing results, board-certified neurologists will discuss a recommended course of treatment with a patient's referring physician. To make an outpatient appointment, call 773-665-3060.

  • Digital Electroencephalograms (EEG) - This painless procedure is a test that measures brainwave activity and is used to check for seizures or other brain problems. Small metal discs (electrodes) are attached to the scalp with paste. Brainwaves are recorded on a computer and are then analyzed by neurologists.
  • Learn more about Digital Electroencephalograms (EEG).
  • Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity (EMG/NCV) Studies - These tests measure muscle and nerve function. In most cases, both an EMG and NCV will be performed. During an NCV study, mild electric currents are applied to the skin to see how quickly the impulses travel between nerves. During an EMG, a fine needle is placed under the skin into the muscle to test the electrical activity of the muscle.
  • Evoked Potential Testing - The three types of evoked potential tests are visual, brainstem auditory and somatosensory. The tests check signals that the brain and spinal cord receive from other parts of the body. Sounds, visual patterns and mild electric currents are applied to the patient by a trained clinician and are used to measure nervous system activity.

Search for a neurologist at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Visit Audiology for information about Electronystagmography (ENG) and testing for dizziness and balance problems.

Visit Rehabilitation Services for information about physical therapy at Saint Joseph Hospital.


Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Saint Mary Campus
2233 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
312-770-2005
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       Saint Elizabeth Campus
1431 North Claremont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
773-278-2000
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The Neuroscience Integrative Center at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center brings together the expertise of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain specialists, radiologists, oncologists and physical therapists who use the latest techniques and advanced technology to find solutions for conditions of the brain and spine. Working as a team and in partnership with the patient, our specialists develop a treatment plan that may include therapy, medication and/or surgery. We also offer a nurse navigator to help coordinate care.

Our services include:

  • Image-guided neurosurgery – The use of minimally invasive techniques that use stereotactic technology, high resolution neuroimaging and advanced computer systems to conduct delicate brain and spine surgeries in a way that increases precision and optimizes patient safety.
  • Neuroendovascular surgery – Minimally invasive diagnostic treatment for various neurovascular conditions, including aneurysm and vascular malformations.
  • Neurosurgical oncology – Surgical treatment of benign and malignant lesions in the brain or spine.
  • Microsurgery – The use of a microscope to perform traditional spine procedures (e.g., lumbar discectomies and laminectomies) through smaller incisions – 1 to 1½ inch in diameter.
  • Minimally invasive surgery – Spine surgery that is performed by making small incisions (less than 1 inch in diameter) into the spine. A camera, called an endoscope, and surgical instruments are passed through these small incisions to repair the spine injury. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include fewer surgical complications, decreased recovery time and less scarring.
  • Complex spinal instrumentation – Complex fusion surgeries are typically reserved for people who suffer from significant degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis or fracture. Spinal-fusion surgery increases stability at a specific vertebral segment and eliminates pressure on the spinal nerves. It includes removing abnormal disc and bone structures and placing instrumentation that stabilizes the cervical or lumbar spine to promote healing. The surgical hardware secures the vertebrae and promotes fusion of the bones.
  • Peripheral nerve surgery – Surgical procedures to repair injuries or damage to the nerves outside of the spinal cord or brain. The Neuroscience center offers peripheral nerve surgeries for patients dealing with brachial plexus injury, carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve tumors -- including schwannomas and neurofibromas.
  • Therapeutic spine treatment and alternative therapies – Therapeutic spine treatment options are nonsurgical and are designed to decompress spinal nerves. These options include chiropractic care, physical and occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, pain management, massage therapy and back braces. Additionally, stress management techniques – such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture – are often encouraged to compliment more traditional therapeutic regimens. We work with a multidisciplinary team of providers to create the best treatment plan – including surgical and nonsurgical methods – for each patient.

Rehabilitation Services

The Rehabilitation Services Department at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center has an excellent team of occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists with an expertise in neurological conditions. These highly skilled therapists work with your physician in creating a specialized treatment plan to address problems due to disease or an injury of the nervous system. The staff treats a wide variety of neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, polyneuropathy diseases and others.


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