Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
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.
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.