Medical knowledge and the latest technological developments have provided patients suffering from neurological conditions with more treatment options than ever before. Not only do patients have more options, but treatment has also become safer and more effective. Minimally invasive procedures, such as stereotactic surgery, have been shown to result in shorter recovery times, less pain associated with surgery, and dramatically reduced risk of infection. Read on to learn more about some of the common neurological services offered by cutting-edge hospitals and surgery centers.
- Stereotactic surgery
This type of neurological surgery utilizes images of a patient’s brain to guide the surgeon to the tumor or other target within the brain tissue. This approach allows for increased accuracy in the removal of larger brain masses and the removal of cells or tissue during biopsy.
- Dorsal column stimulation
For patients with chronic, severe nerve pain, dorsal column stimulation may be indicated to help alleviate their symptoms. The dorsal column stimulator is a very specialized device that can interrupt the conduction of pain signals to the brain by emitting tiny electrical impulses onto the spinal cord.
Neuroendoscopy allows surgeons to look into the skull, brain, and spine with the use of small high-resolution cameras and telescopes. With the help of this technology, brain surgeons can perform a wide variety of minimally invasive neurological procedures through an incision only a few centimeters long.
- Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)
This type of nerve stimulation can be used as a treatment for certain types of depression that are resistant to other forms of treatment. It can also be used to help treat certain types of epilepsy.
The professionals of Riverside Community Hospital are dedicated to delivering the highest quality neurological services to patients while also working to increase the range and safety of treatments and procedures. If you would like to learn more about our Neurological Surgery services, contact our staff at (951) 788-3000.