Neurosurgery Treatments

Brain Tumors

By employing innovative surgical methods and nonsurgical alternatives, UMMC neurosurgeons provide specialized treatment for many types of brain and spinal cord tumors.

The Gamma Knife Center and the Maryland Neuro-Oncology Program coordinate multidisciplinary conferences devoted to the discussion of patients with tumors: conference participants include faculty physicians from neurosurgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, neurology, and neuropathology. State-of-the-art imaging techniques are available using MRI, MRA, functional MR imaging, and SPECT imaging.

A full array of intraoperative adjuncts are utilized including image-directed stereotactic localization and planning, cortical mapping, ultrasound, evoked potential monitoring, ultrasonic aspirator, and carbon dioxide laser. UMMC neurosurgeons specialize in the treatment of patients with acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors; working with ololaryngologists, the faculty treat complex tumors of the skull base.

An active clinical investigation program is maintained in cooperation with the University of Maryland Cancer Center. Phase I, II, and III studies in addition to conventional chemotherapy are available. The Gamma Knife Center, the only one in the Maryland region, provides a valuable adjunct to therapy of patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in neuro-oncology and tumors, call 410-328-6034.

To find out more about the treatment of brain tumors, visit the following sites:

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon, call 410-328-6034.

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Cerebrovascular Disorders

Patients suffering from aneurysm, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations (read an AVM patient success story), and carotid artery stenosis are treated by UMMC's neurosurgeons specializing in cerebrovascular disorders.

Evaluative measures such as MRI/MRA scans, neuroangiography, transcranial and carotid duplex Doppler studies allow UMMC neurosurgeons to establish a comprehensive treatment plan. Research efforts with the Stroke Data Bank and clinical investigations of pharmaceutical agents to treat subarachnoid hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, and intracerebral hemorrhage keep UMMC neurosurgeons at the forefront of this field. Our work in the development of less invasive treatments -- such as Gamma Knife obliteration and AVM embolization -- can ensure a quicker recovery period for many patients.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular disorders, call 410-328-6034.

To find out more about stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders, visit the following sites:

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Pediatric Disorders

Pediatric patients with brain or spinal tumors, vascular disease, seizures, and congenital disorders such as craniofacial deformities and spina bifida receive comprehensive care designed specifically to meet their needs.

Specialized treatment options include Gamma Knife, laser surgery, microscopic procedures, and radioactive implants. Pediatric neurosurgery patients are admitted to Maryland's Hospital for Children, which houses a dedicated pediatric intensive care unit and can provide overnight accommodations for parents. Read a pediatric neurosurgery patient success story.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in the care of pediatric patients, call 410-328-6034.

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Epilepsy

In conjunction with the Department of Neurology we provide an array of inpatient and outpatient services designed to return affected patients to optimal function and to maximize their quality of life.

Patients with undiagnosed or poorly characterized seizure disorders, seizures intractable to anticonvulsant therapy, or post-traumatic seizures receive comprehensive evaluations using such tools as continuous EEG and implanted electrode monitoring.

Depth electrode or cortical grid monitoring and mapping is utilized to help determine a patient's potential for surgical intervention. Our continued interdisciplinary research into new treatment modalities, as well as our weekly epilepsy conference, ensures each patient access to the best medical expertise and treatment options.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of epilepsy, call 410-328-6034.

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Spinal Surgery

UMMC neurosurgery faculty surgeons provide a full array of treatment services for patients with disorders or injuries of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

By engaging the resources of the Medical Center's programs in physical and rehabilitation medicine, neurology, and orthopedics, UMMC neurosurgeons help patients regain their highest level of function after surgery.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of spinal disorders, call 410-328-6034.

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Chronic Pain

UMMC neurosurgeons participate in a chronic pain program with members of the Department of Anesthesiology. Input from neurologists, psychiatrists, and rehabilitative specialists is also obtained on all preoperative surgical candidates. A full array of ablative and non-ablative therapy is available including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal opiate therapy.

Patients with spinal cord injury or degenerative disease that causes refractory spasticity may benefit from the intrathecal Baclofen program coordinated by the Departments of Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Neurosurgery.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity, call 410-328-6034.

To find out more about the treatment of chronic pain, visit the following site:

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Neurotrauma

The neurotrauma team treats patients who have sudden, traumatic injury to their central or peripheral nervous system.

At the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center -- recognized world wide as a leading institution in traumatology -- UMMC neurosurgeons work with an interdisciplinary team to comprehensively evaluate trauma patients and to begin treatment quickly. Long-term management of trauma patients is provided at the William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedics Institute formerly Kernan Hospital. Our current research focuses on pharmacological methods of minimizing post-traumatic neurological damage in patients and research that supports our on-going clinical efforts to return trauma patients to the highest possible degree of functioning.

To schedule an appointment with a UMMC neurosurgeon specializing in neurotrauma, call 410-328-6034.

To find out more about the treatment of neurotrauma, visit the following sites:

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For more information about the University of Maryland Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, or to make an appointment, call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).

This page was last updated: September 18, 2013

         
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