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About Neurosurgery

Sacred Heart has the most advanced technology to ensure the best neurosurgical care for our patients; this includes include two Smart OR® suites. These suites are equipped with image-guided navigation—similar to a global positioning system—that allows our surgeons to reach almost any area of the brain and spine through small incisions minimizing the risk of complications.

Sacred Heart Hospital is also home to the region’s only biplane angiography suite. This suite allows our surgeons to perform minimally invasive vascular procedures such as coiling procedures for treatment of aneurysms, as well as therapy for stroke.

Advanced technology in the hands of our accomplished surgical team is offering our patients and their families more hope than ever before.

Neurosurgy: Diagnostics 

If you are referred to the Neurosciences Center, your physicians will order one or more diagnostic tests to better analyze your condition and determine the best treatment options for you. The following are descriptions of some of the most common diagnostic tests that our surgeons use for evaluating patients.

  • Angiogram—a type of x-ray test that determines whether a blood vessel is diseased, narrowed, enlarged or blocked.
  • Carotid Ultrasound—a non-invasive test that evaluates the blood flow through the carotid arteries in your neck. 
  • Cervical or Lumbar Myelograms—an x-ray examination of the neck or the lower back. 
  • Computed Tomography (CT)—a two-dimensional computerized map of the body. The x-ray beams can detect the density of an organ or of the bones. This imaging can help to diagnose a variety of injuries and disorders.  Our hospital is the only one in the region to offer Dual Source CT and intra-operative CT Smart OR®— both of which are the very latest advance in clinical CT technology.
  • Discogram—a study of the discs that are the cushions between the bones of the spine. 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)—uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. Our hospital offers 3.0 Tesla MRI and intra-operative MRI Smart OR®— the very latest advance in clinical MRI technology. 

Neurosurgical Procedures

The Brain
  • Brain Biopsy—a procedure used to detect tumors, infection or certain other diseases. 
  • Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting—used to prevent stroke by opening the carotid arteries—the two main arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. 
  • Carotid Endarterectomy—another procedure used to remove the plaque that can build up in the carotid arteries and cause a stroke.
  • Aneurysm Coiling—a minimally invasive technique that can be used to treat aneurysms of the brain. 
  • Craniotomy—is a temporary surgical opening in part of the skull. 
  • Tumor Embolization—before surgery, some tumors need to undergo a procedure called embolization, in which large blood vessels supplying the tumor with blood are blocked off. 
  • Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt—performed on patients who suffer from a condition where there is an excessive build-up of fluid in the cavities of the brain.
The Spine
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion—performed to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that occurs for various reasons such as herniated discs, narrowing of the spinal cord, nerve irritation, and spinal compression.  
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion—performed for those people suffering from chronic back or leg pain. 
  • Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion—primarily performed for people suffering irritation of the sciatic nerve. 
  • Cervical Laminectomy—used to relieve pressure on one or more nerves in the neck.
  • Lumbar Laminectomy—used to relieve pressure on one or more nerves in the lower back.
  • Microdiscectomy—performed to remove herniated or bulging disc material through a small incision in the lower back.
  • X-Stop—a minimally invasive surgical alternative for patients suffering from mild to moderate narrowing of the spinal canal.
Other Procedures
  • Carpal Tunnel Release—performed when symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome become so severe that they restrict daily activities.