Austin Neurosurgeons performs a wide array of surgical treatments that address a wide array of conditions and diseases that effective the nervous system. Some forms of surgery we perform include:
- Spine Surgery
- Cranial Surgery
- Lumbar Surgery
- Peripheral nerve disorder
Spinal surgery encompasses correcting a wide array of conditions and diseases. Some of these include:
- Cervical Disc Disease/Degenerative Lumbar – Lumbar or cervical pain can occur as a result of degeneration with age.
- Spinal Fractures – Fractures that occur as a result of osteoporosis or dislocations that can occur from an automobile accident or a fall from a significant height.
- Spinal Deformaties/Scoliosis – Spinal irregularities can arise due to degeneration, fractures, or even a previous failed spinal procedure.
- Spinal Tumors – Growths of excessive tissue along the spinal canal or within the spinal discs.
There are various surgical techniques when addressing concerns of the spine. Dr. Peterson can better determine the right one for you following thorough examination of the underlying abnormality through CT scans or MRI’s.
Cranial surgery is performed to correct neurological irregularities within the brain. More frequent conditions include stroke and brain tumors. Some surgical measures we take in regards to cranial surgery include:
- Craniotomy – This procedure involves creating a small incision in the scalp, creating a channel to remove abnormal tissue, an aneurysm, and tumors among other irregularities.
- Biopsy – This procedure involves the extraction of a fraction of a tumor or other abnormal brain tissue to be more closely examined.
- Minimally invasive endonasal endoscopy – This procedure utilizes an endoscope (a small device equipped with lights and a camera) that allows Dr. Peterson to remove tumor growths through the sinuses without making any incisions. Endonasal endoscopy is usually performed for tumor growths at the base of the skull, the base of the brain, and on the pituitary gland.
While the prospect of cranial surgery can be intimidating, we strongly encourage you to ask any questions or propose any concerns you may have. Dr. Peterson and his specialists are here to provide you with the information, closure, and security you need during your procedure.
There are two generals forms of lumbar surgery that address conditions and diseases associated with the lower back:
- Lumbar Decompression – The ultimate goal of this procedure is to alleviate discomfort and pain caused by nerve root pinching. Two of the most common stimuli for lumbar nerve root pressure are from lumbar spinal stenosis and herniated discs. Lumbar Decompression implements the removal of a small fraction of the bone across the disc or nerve root to minimize nerve pinching and allow for more space for the nerve to heal.
- Lumbar Fusion – This procedure is performed to address and minimize pain caused by lower back conditions including spondylolisthesis or lumbar degenerative disc disease. A Lumbar Fusion incorporates a bone graft to stop movement at a painful vertebral segment, which may reduce discomfort created within the joint.
Dr. Peterson can best determine the right approach for you following thorough examination.
Peripheral Nerve Disorder
Many types of peripheral nerve disorders can be the result of a variety of medical concerns and diseases, some of them include genetic predispositions, malnutrition, inflammation, nerve compression, or diabetes. Some of the more common peripheral nerve disorders include but are not limited to:
- Neuropathy – A disease within the nervous system where the function of one or more nerves is compromised.
- Sciatica – Describable as tingling, numbness, or pain by an irritant within the sciatica nerve in the legs. This can occur when a branch of the sciatica nerve is compressed at the foundation of the spinal cord.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This condition can occur when wrist tendons accrue inflammation after being aggravated when the nerves within the fingers become pinched.
Following careful examination through MRI’s or CT scans, Dr. Peterson and his specialists can determine the best surgical approach for your needs.
Austin Neurosurgeons is led by Dr. Peterson who strives to help all of our patients achieve a happier, healthier quality of life. We practice numerous forms of the latest techniques in neurosurgery, both surgical and non-surgical, as well as utilize the latest and greatest technology available to attain the best possible outcome. Contact us today and schedule your appointment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.