Patients considering neurosurgery (surgery to the brain, spine, and/or nervous system) find expert care at the Neurosciences program, which has locations in Staten Island as well as in Brooklyn.
Advances in neurosurgery continue to bring innovative solutions for minimizing pain and risk, both in the minimally invasive surgical procedures and in their outcomes which improve patient's lives. NYPBMH neurosurgeons work with precision, care, and expertise, using the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures available today for treating a broad range of brain and spine disorders.
Treatment for Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Tremors
Patients with Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis (MS) who can no longer be helped with medication, can often be treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS). This is a minimally invasive procedure which involves the placement of electrodes through a small opening in the skull, connected to a pacemaker implanted in the chest. Our neurosurgeons use a computer-guided brain navigation system, along with a highly advanced brain mapping method. The stimulator can be turned on or off by the patient or physician, with a remote control device that works painlessly through the skin.
Treatment for Brain Tumors
Our neurosurgeons minimize risks in removing brain tumors by using a computerized "GPS" guidance system that allows for smaller openings and a more direct route to the tumor. Highly focused radiation, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is also available.
Treatment for Back Pain
Neurosurgery for back pain can remove pressure from the nerves, and if necessary, stabilize and fuse the bones of the spine. The result is relief from pain, numbness, and weakness.
NYPBMH offers minimally invasive spinal fusion, using small poke-hole incisions with minimal tissue dissection and live x-ray guidance, resulting in a faster recovery, less tissue damage, and less pain than traditional open spine fusion surgery.
Another advanced option for pain relief is radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Our neurosurgeons use radio waves to generate heat around a cell or tissue to ablate, or disable, the nerve cells' ability to send pain signals. RFA has also shown great promise in managing severe and/or chronic pain. This includes lower back (or lumbar) pain, certain types of spinal arthritis, and post-traumatic pain, such as whiplash. RFA is a minimally invasive procedure so there are few side effects and recovery time is rapid.