What is Neurosurgery?
Neurosurgery refers to any surgical procedure to the parts of the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord.
What Does a Neurosurgeon Do?
A neurosurgeon specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the nervous system. He or she provides special brain and spine procedures and surgeries. Your UnityPoint Clinic neurosurgeon provides treatment for nervous system trauma, surgical clipping for brain aneurysms and even certain operations to help mitigate psychiatric diseases.
A neurosurgeon is a provider with an extensive education in general medicine and surgery, as well as a neurosurgery residency, board certification in neurological surgery and often, a specialized neurosurgery fellowship.
Types of Neurosurgery
Your UnityPoint Clinic neurosurgeon can provide the following intracranial and spinal procedures and surgeries:
- Craniotomy for trauma and brain tumors
- Acute epidural/subdural/intracranial hemorrhage treatment
- Transsphenoidal removal of pituitary tumors
- Skull fracture treatment and shunt placement
- Cervical discectomy and fusion
- Cervical corpectomy for stenosis
- Kyphoplasty for spinal fracture
- Peripheral nerve surgery
- Spinal cord tumor removal
What Health Conditions Can Neurosurgery Treat?
Neurosurgery is a treatment option for the following conditions:
- Brain tumor
- Spinal disorders
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Movement disorders, such as Parkinson's
- Back pain
- Chronic pain
- Pinched nerves
Benefits of UnityPoint Clinic Neurosurgery
The neurosurgeons at UnityPoint Clinic specialize in procedures to treat your pain, injury or disorder whether it's related to your brain, spine or another part of the nervous system. We will work with you and any other providers on your neurology team to diagnosis and treat your problem quickly. Our experts will provide you with a comprehensive, coordinated approach to care that meets your needs.