Conditions and Treatments
Conditions and Surgical Treatments
The highly trained and experienced surgeons of St. Luke's Neurosurgical Associates specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of these and other brain and nerve conditions.
A brain aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the wall of a brain artery. If this bulge tears and bleeds, nearby cells may be damaged. A brain aneurysm can occur in an artery wall that is weak or has a defect. The doctors of St. Luke's Neurosurgical Associates use several surgical procedures to treat aneurysms, including microneurosurgery and laser neurosurgery.
A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells in the brain. A brain tumor can be classified as primary (starting in the brain) or metastatic (traveling to the brain from another site in the body). Brain tumors are either benign (slow-growing, not cancerous) or malignant (growing quickly, cancerous). The doctors of St. Luke's Neurosurgical Associates use several surgical procedures to treat brain tumors, including microneurosurgery and laser neurosurgery.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist and hand. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, hand pain and a weakened grip. Carpal tunnel syndrome can make even simple tasks like driving, holding a pen or paging through a newspaper hard to do. The doctors of St. Luke's Neurosurgical Associates use a peripheral nerve surgery called carpal tunnel decompression to treat the condition.
Head and Spine Injury
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Head injuries occur when the brain strikes the skull. Depending on the severity of the injury, some mental or physical skills may be lost. Damage to the spine can be caused by trauma, such as car accidents, falls, electrical shock and sports injuries. Spinal injuries can be very serious and result in numbness or paralysis. The doctors and staff of St. Luke's Neurosurgical Associates use the latest techniques, including minimally-invasive procedures, to treat patients with head and spine injuries.
Hyperhidrosis is distinguished by excessive sweating in the hands, underarms, face and/or feet. This condition can interfere with otherwise normal activities, such as writing, driving, taking tests, making presentations or even holding or grasping objects. While there are some temporary solutions, such as topical treatments, electrical current and injections, they do not ease the condition permanently. A more effective surgical option is the minimally invasive surgical treatment known as thoracoscopic sympathectomy, sometimes called endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy(ETS).
Parkinson's disease affects control over movements. When dopamine (a chemical critical for brain function) is missing from certain areas of the brain, the messages that tell your body how to move are lost or distorted. Shaking, stiffness and slow movement are common symptoms. While there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation can help ease the symptoms and improve quality of life.
Spine (Back) Disorders
Conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors and spinal fracture can produce pain in the neck, back, arms and legs. Sometimes walking, handwriting and bowel and bladder function can be affected as well. The neurosurgeons at St. Luke's use a number of leading-edge techniques and equipment, including minimally-invasive surgery in state-of-the-art operating theatres, to help treat these conditions.