Conemaugh Health System's neurosurgical team uses advanced surgical techniques and technologies to treat a range of spinal conditions, including degenerative, congenital, traumatic, vascular, or cancer-related disorders.
All aspects of spinal decompression, fusion, and instrumentation are used to treat back conditions. Minimally invasive spinal procedures, including kyphoplasty and vertebrosplasty, which use cement-like substances to stabilize spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis, falls or traumatic injury, are also common. Using sophisticated computerized imaging technology, neurosurgeons can pinpoint spinal problems, and just as importantly, the relationship to vascular structures or veins. Repairing spinal conditions while keeping vascular structures intact significantly reduces complications and speeds the recovery process.
Patients who are eligible for this type of surgery tend to experience shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, and fewer complications.
- Lumbar microdiscectomy
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Osteocool spine tumor resection
- Brain tumor resection
- VP shunt insertions
- Carpal tunnel release
- Dorsal column stimulator insertion
- Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) clinic
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Image-guided neurosurgery uses advanced computerized technology and software to navigate the brain and precisely locate traumatic, cancerous, vascular, or congenital abnormalities. With image guidance, Conemaugh Health System physicians use minimally invasive techniques to target different areas of the brain.
Minimally invasive neurosurgery, also known as neuroendoscopy, is often performed in conjunction with microscopic neurosurgery. During neuroendoscopic procedures, surgeons use rod-lens and fiberoptic endoscopes to gain access to the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. The endoscope relays a clear image of the brain to a computer monitor, allowing surgeons to pinpoint the lesion. This minimally invasive approach requires just a small opening in the skull and even less manipulation of the brain resulting in greater precision and safety for the patient.