Delray Medical Center's skilled neurosurgery team treats patients suffering from injuries and diseases of the brain, spine and related nerves. Our many areas of specialization in neurosurgery procedures include pituitary surgery, tumor surgery, cerebrovascular surgery and spinal reconstruction surgery.
Using both traditional and advanced minimally invasive surgical options, our surgeons treat a comprehensive variety of neurological disorders, including:
- Brain hemorrhages
- Brain tumors
- Acoustic neuromas
- Brain aneurysm/AVM
- Carotid artery disease
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical spine disorders
- Chronic pain
- Degenerative lumbar spinal disease
- Gliomas (complex tumors in delicate areas of the brain or spinal cord)
- Head injuries
- Herniated disks
- Hydrocephalus (a build-up of fluid inside the skull, leading to brain swelling)
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Peripheral nerve injury
- Pituitary tumors
- Spinal cord injuries
- Stroke or brain attack
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Delray Medical Center's highly specialized neurosurgery facilities and equipment allow for the treatment of severe, emergent conditions. Our state-designated Level I Trauma Center has specially trained surgeons and nurses who care for seriously injured patients.
The surgical team is complemented by neurologists, radiologists, neuropsychologists, neurological nurses and therapists. Together, the team provides continuous care, from admission through discharge through such follow-up services as occupational, speech and recreational rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Endovascular Neurosurgery and Interventional Neurology
Endovascular neurosurgery is a subspecialty within neurosurgery that uses catheters and radiology to diagnose and treat various conditions and diseases of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. This medical specialty is also called neurointerventional surgery.
Interventional neurology is a subspecialty that involves catheters and imaging to diagnose and treat neurological conditions and diseases.
The term endovascular means “inside a blood vessel.” Endovascular neurosurgery uses tools that pass through the blood vessels to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions rather than using open surgery. The surgeon often uses radiology images to help him or her to see the part of the body involved in the procedure.
Doctors in these specialties may also diagnose and treat conditions of the spinal cord using similar techniques, although not through a blood vessel.
These types of procedures are called “minimally invasive” because they generally require only a tiny incision instead of a larger incision necessary for open surgery.
Delray's skilled neurosurgery team perform endovascular neurosurgical procedures that include:
Thrombolytic therapy. This procedure uses “clot-busting” medication to dissolve a clot in a blood vessel in the brain or elsewhere in the body.
Endovascular coiling. A surgeon inserts a very thin metal wire that forms a coil inside a brain aneurysm to block blood flow. A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain, resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning. Because the artery wall has a weakened spot, the aneurysm is at risk for bursting if blood flow isn’t blocked.
Minimally invasive spine surgery. This procedure is used to treat spinal disorders such as fractures, tumors, compressed nerves, and other conditions that put pressure on the spinal cord.
Cerebral angiography. This is a radiology procedure that looks at how well blood is flowing in the brain.
Carotid artery angioplasty/stenting. This procedure uses a small balloon and/or a tiny metal scaffold called a stent to open a narrowed carotid artery. The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain.