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This may be routine for us, but it's certainly not for you. That's why it's so important to learn everything you can about our neurosurgery department. And just how good they are. Our neurosurgeons treat patients who have diseases or disorders of the brain, or who suffer from severe back or neck pain.
Neurosurgery is for people with blood clots in or on the brain, primary or metastatic tumors of the brain or spine, infections, pituitary tumors, spinal tumors or deformities, bulging disc and Spinal Stenosis. For some spinal problems, pain management and/or physical therapy may be necessary before the surgery.
The surgical procedures that treat these conditions include:
Hemilaminoforaminotomy - also known as keyhole laminectomy. A small opening is made on one side of the spinal lamina to allow the surgeon access to the spinal nerve. Very carefully, the opening where the nerve comes out of the spine is enlarged to relieve the pressure on the nerve that's been causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness of the extremities.
Laminectomy - the entire lamina bone is removed from the back of the spine to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Because additional support for the spine is needed in the area where the bone was removed, a mixture of the patients own bone and biological "cement" is used along the sides of the spine, or we will place metal rods and screws affixed to the spine to provide stability. This will relieve any weakness, pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion - an incision is made on the front of the neck. The herniated disc is removed and a piece of bone is placed in the area to maintain the space between the vertebrae. Then a plate is placed in front of the disc space and attached with screws to hold the piece of bone in place. In time, the body will fuse the vertebral bones together to form a solid union. This procedure is performed to relieve pain in the neck and numbness, tingling and weakness of the upper extremities.
Craniotomy - any surgery of the brain where the surgeon needs to gain access to the brain by entering the skull. This procedure can be performed for many disorders of the brain, including bleeding in the brain, tumors or infections.
Dr. Clifford Solomon - Neurosurgeon
Dr. Amiel Bethel - Neurosurgeon