Neurosurgery involves the evaluation and treatment of problems of the brain, spine and nerves. Treatment may involve surgery. If your doctor thinks you may be a candidate for surgery because of one of these problems, you may be referred to a neurosurgeon.
Surgery may not always be the best treatment, but when it is, we want to do the most minimally invasive surgery possible. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include quicker recovery and less post- operative pain.
Common Conditions Treated
- Back pain due to herniated (ruptured) disks, which are the cushions between the bones of your spine
- Back pain from sciatica, a condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve or injury to this nerve that starts in the low back and runs through the buttocks and down the leg. Symptoms include: pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the legs
- Back pain from spinal stenosis, a condition caused by narrowing of the openings inside the bones of your spine that surround and protect your spinal cord.
- Neck pain from herniated disks
- Neck pain from bone spurs, most often due to osteoarthritis or spondylosis, a condition caused by degeneration of the disks and the bones of your spine
- Spine tumors
- Brain tumors
- Pituitary gland tumors
- Brain bleeds from strokes
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by compression of the nerve that runs from the forearm through the wrist and into the hand. Symptoms include: pain, tingling and numbness in the palm and fingers.
- Ulnar nerve entrapment, a condition caused by compression of the ulnar nerve that runs from the collarbone and along the upper arms and through the elbow. Symptoms include: numbness and tingling in the ring finger and little finger.
The bones of your back are called vertebrae. Together they make up your spinal column. Your spinal column is divided into sections starting from your neck down to your tailbone. The first section is called the cervical spine. The middle part of your back is called the thoracic spine. Your low back is called the lumbar spine. The part of your spine between your hips is called the sacrum. Below the sacrum is your coccyx bone or tailbone.
The neurosurgical team at Orange Park Medical Center has been performing minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery since 2002. The neurosurgeon leading the team has performed over 1000 minimally invasive lumbar spine procedures. These are done with the minimally invasive METRx™ System. The system allows the neurosurgeon to make a small incision in the patient’s back to insert small tubes, or dilators. These tubes create an opening for the surgeon to insert special instruments and an endoscope to operate on the spine. The tubes split, or separate the back muscles rather than cutting through them, which is done in traditional spine surgery. With this minimally invasive approach, patients recover quicker and feel less post-operative pain.
The neurosurgical team at Orange Park Medical Center now performs cervical spinal fusions without taking any bone grafts from the patient. The neurosurgeon can use bone he drills out at the site of the cervical fusion so the patient does not have to have a second incision, which is traditionally made above the hip to take pieces of pelvic bone used to fuse two cervical vertebras together. Cervical spinal fusion is done to remove a herniated cervical disk that is causing neck pain, or neck pain along with pain that extends down the arm.
Orange Park Medical Center was the first hospital in North Florida to use the Brain Lab, which is a frameless, stereotactical system for brain tumor surgery. This extremely advanced technology uses a camera, a computer and laser to pinpoint the location of a brain tumor. The BrainLab eliminates the need for the patient’s head to be placed in a frame during an MRI or CT scan. This is more comfortable for the patient, is less invasive and leads to more accurate surgery and, ultimately, a shorter hospital stay.
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