What is a Neurosurgeon?
A neurosurgeon is a highly skilled surgeon with years of specialized training in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the nervous system in patients of all ages. Our board-certified neurosurgeons complete five- or six-year residencies that focus on surgical techniques and minimally invasive treatments of neurological disorders. They are experts in interpreting radiological studies, including CT scans and MRIs.
Neurosurgeons see patients suffering from trauma, tumors, infections, strokes, degenerative diseases, and congenital birth defects. They also treat migraines, epilepsy, back pain, and pinched nerves. As the largest neuroscience provider in South Texas, UTHealth can provide all aspects of neuroscience care, including neurology, neurosurgery, and neurorehabilitation.
What you can expect at UTHealth Neurosciences
UTHealth Neurosciences brings together a multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, researchers, and pain management specialists who works to help provide relief for even the most complex problems. Your team will share insights, leading to better treatment decisions and outcomes.
We first investigate nonsurgical treatment options, including medical management, pain management, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and watchful waiting. When surgery is needed, our neurosurgeons routinely employ innovative minimally invasive techniques. Throughout the treatment process, we will work closely with the doctor who referred you to ensure a smooth transition back to your regular care. While you are with us, you will receive expert care, excellent communication, and genuine compassion.
When to see a Neurosurgeon
When a patient experiences persistent neurological symptoms, such as numbness, muscle weakness, and loss of bowel or bladder control, they may be referred to a neurosurgeon. Recurring headaches, tremors, seizures, sciatica, or neurological complications from other conditions may also be reason to schedule a consultation. Our neurosurgeons treat tumors, aneurysms, neurotrauma, epilepsy, headaches, strokes, spine disorders, and numerous other conditions.
What to expect during a visit to a Neurosurgeon
Consider writing down your concerns, questions, and symptoms prior to your initial visit to help guide the conversation with your medical team. Bring copies of recent imaging, medical reports, lab results, and current medications. Your neurosurgeon will conduct a physical and neurological exam, as well as discuss symptoms, medical history, and possible treatment options. Additional testing and imaging may be ordered as well.
Treatments by Neurosurgeon
Neurosurgeons are trained to perform a variety of surgical procedures, including aneurysm repair, carotid artery endarterectomy, craniotomy, disk removal, spinal fusion, laminectomy, clot removal, tumor removal, shunt insertion, and stereotactic radiosurgery. Many surgeries can be done with minimally invasive techniques, using laparoscopic devices and remote-controlled surgical instruments. In many cases, medications, rehabilitation, and other nonsurgical therapies can be used to reduce symptoms and maintain a high quality of life. Your neurosurgeon will discuss all options with you and help you decide on the best path forward.
At UTHealth Neurosciences, we offer patients access to specialized neurological care at clinics across the greater Houston area. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.