Minimally Invasive Techniques
Our neurosurgery section offers the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery, which offer shorter recovery times and fewer surgical risks than traditional surgery. Procedures employed include:
- Endoscopic techniques to treat tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, and many other problems. These procedures typically involve operating through a small incision using a thin catheter.
- Radiosurgery, which uses focused radiation to treat brain and spinal tumors, aneurysms, and blood vessel abnormalities. While called surgery, radiosurgery does not involve any incisions.
- Implantation of electrical stimulators to help control Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and other disorders. Examples include vagal nerve stimulation and deep brain stimulation.
We use sophisticated 3-D computer-imaging--known as stereotactic technology--for surgical planning.
Full Range of Treatment Options
The University of Chicago Medicine offers the full range of conventional and complex open skull surgeries to treat tumors, pituitary problems, seizures, brain swelling, and other conditions.
We are experts in spinal neurosurgery for injuries and tumors of the spine and spinal cord, including:
- Removal of spinal cord tumor
- Surgery for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc degeneration and protrusions
- Minimally invasive techniques for herniated lumbar disks
- Complex spinal surgery, such as the placement of metallic implants to stabilize the spine
At the University of Chicago, our physicians are dedicated to the treatment and control of pain. We offer specialized pain management techniques, including:
- Deep brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve stimulation
- Intraspinal pumps for drug delivery
- Selected nerve interruption