Neuroscience physicians at Parrish Medical Center also specialize in a number of areas, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease

Neurosurgical and Neurological services at Parrish Medical Center offer a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. The medical center has excellent caregivers in neurosurgery, neurology, radiology and nursing with the expertise and technology to improve a patient's quality of life.

Neurosurgery is used to diagnose and treat disorders of the spine, spinal cord, brain and surrounding nerves. Your primary care doctor will first consider nonoperative treatments for your problem. Once these treatments are exhausted, your primary care doctor can help you decide if a neurosurgeon should be involved in your care. Many problems with the brain, spine or spinal cord and nerves can be treated with surgery to best provide you with symptom relief.

However, only a surgeon who specializes in these areas of the body can decide if surgery is right for you. If surgery is an option, then your surgeon will explain and schedule your procedure here at Parrish Medical Center. Your surgeon also will keep in touch with your referring physician and follow-up as you recover.

What is a neurosurgeon?
Neurosurgeons have extensive training and manage prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, critical care and rehabilitation of neurological disorders. The neurosurgeons and neurologists at Parrish Medical Center have this specialized training and know the latest in treatments and procedures. You can be assured that your health is in highly qualified hands.

What conditions do neurosurgeons treat?
Degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, bone spurs, spinal instability and fractures and osteoporosis compression fractures. Neurosurgeons also treat these other conditions:

  • Patients with neck and lower back problems.
  • Brain and cranial nerves, including brain tumors, seizures, pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, skull tumors, blood clots and trauma.
  • Vascular disorders such as, brain aneurysms and carotid artery stenosis.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve disorders.
  • Outpatient treatment for permanent relief of hyperhidrosis, which is excess sweating.

New Tools and Techniques

Hyperhidrosis Surgery: Hyperhidrosis is a debilitating condition of excess sweating of the face, palms or feet. Most patients are first treated medically with injections, but these treatments are often temporary. The new, more effective long-term treatment is called "thoracoscopic sympathectomy." This minimally invasive surgery involves two small incisions on both sides of the chest, using an endoscope to cut the sympathetic trunk.

Failed Back Syndrome: There is often back pain after traditional back or neck surgery. If you have recurrent pain, numbness or tingling, you may benefit from an evaluation by our neurosurgeon.

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery: Many spinal problems can now be corrected through tiny incisions with little interruption of the surrounding organs and tissues making surgery easier on the patient.

What is a Neurologist?

Neurologists are specially trained to treat and manage neurological disorders. These physicians specialize in the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of neurological disorders related to the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They assess balance, strength, reflexes, speech, movement and coordination.

Neurologists concentrate on the treatment of such diseases as: Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Stroke Rehabilitation, Peripheral Neuropathy and Headaches among other neurological disorders. They also perform various tests including: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CAT (computed axial tomography) scans, EEG (electroencephalography) and EMG (electromyography).

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