Modern medicine has become extremely complex. It is rare that a single physician can effectively treat a disease or medical condition without input from other specialists. At Carilion Clinic, our dedicated neurosurgeons take a multidisciplinary approach to neurological care. In other words, we draw on the resources of an entire team of experienced medical specialists when tackling conditions of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and spinal column.
While our goal is to provide treatment in the least invasive way possible, sometimes surgery is the only option. If surgery is the course your physician recommends, you can rest assured that you will receive world-class care at the experienced and caring hands of Carilion's entire neurosurgical team.
All Carilion neurosurgeons are board certified and are highly experienced in a broad range of neurosurgical procedures, completing thousands of procedures every year. Our neurosurgeons have a combined total of more than 100 years of post-residency experience. Carilion's neurosurgical facilities are completely new or recently renovated, and are filled with the best medical equipment available.
Diagnostic resources include:
- High field MRI, using powerful magnets to produce detailed images of the brain and spine
- Open MRI, which is less restricting and more comfortable for patients with claustrophobia or anxiety
- MRI spectroscopy, to create chemical profiles of brain lesions
- Functional MRI and tractography, to map out important areas of the brain
- MR and CT angiography, systems that can provide images of the vessels of the brain, neck, and spine without having to place catheters into arteries
- PET scan, an imaging system useful in detecting certain forms of cancer
- Micro-angiography, catheter-based blood vessel studies to look for abnormalities, such as aneurysms of the brain
Supportive procedural technical resources include:
- Advanced image-guided brain and spine navigational systems, allowing surgeons to use computer assistance to help precisely locate lesions in the brain or spine
- Micro-angiographic therapies, threading catheters through blood vessels deep into the brain to eradicate or treat strokes, aneurysms, blood vessel abnormalities, and tumors
- Modern surgical microscopes, to reduce disturbance of tissues surrounding lesions of the brain and spine
- Minimally invasive equipment, allowing surgery to be performed through smaller incisions
- Endoscopy, allows surgeons to treat brain and spine lesions via tubes equipped with tiny cameras
- IMRT radiation therapy, to concentrate radiation on a small area of the brain or spine
- CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery, using computer technology and robotics to precisely deliver radiation while leaving surrounding tissue unharmed.
Some of the services we offer include, but are not limited to:
- Brain Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Trauma Surgery
- Pituitary Surgery
- Epilepsy Surgery
- Pediatric Surgery
- Neurological Critical Care
- Peripheral Nerve Surgery
- Neurovascular Clinic