Introduction to Brain Surgery at Saint Barnabas Neurology and Neurosurgical Services
Following surgery patients are admitted to the Neurosurgical Intensive
Care Unit, staffed around the clock by full time intensivists. This highly
specialized unit is staffed by physicians and nurses experienced in caring
for patients with neurosurgical disorders and managing the unique postoperative
needs of patients who have undergone complex brain and spine surgery.
Experienced Physicians and State-of-the-Art Technology
By combining the unprecedented skill of experienced neurosurgeons with
state-of-the-art radio-diagnostic and imaging technology, Neurology and
Neurosurgical Services is able to provide the residents of this region
with the most modern surgical treatment for complex brain conditions.
MRI facilities, including an open MRI for those with claustrophobic concerns,
are constantly being upgraded to reflect the newest advances in imaging.
In addition, angiography, myelography and endovasular procedures such
as tumor embolization are performed at our centers. All surgical procedures
performed by the Division of Neurosurgery are based on microsurgery and
minimally invasive surgical principles and are performed in modern dedicated
operating rooms with a staff of specially trained nurses and a select
group of anesthesiologists who specialize in neuro-anesthesia.
Specialized Care Following Surgery
Following surgery, patients are admitted to the Neurosurgical Intensive
Care Unit, staffed around the clock by full time intensivists. As their
condition allows, patients are transferred to an intermediate care "step
down" unit where their medical care continues to be managed by a
team of physicians including neuro-intensivists. From there patients are
admitted to a dedicated neurosurgical floor where the nurses are specially
trained in the care of patients with neurological disorders, as well as
in managing intracranial pressure monitors and lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal
fluid. Rehabilitation begins shortly after surgery and patients are usually
discharged within a few days.
Surgical Treatments Available
Surgical treatments available at Neurology and Neurosurgical Services include
surgery for benign and malignant brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms and
arteriovenous malformations and shunts
Surgery for malignant tumors is based on minimally invasive radical microsurgical
resection utilizing the computer-generated data from radiographic studies,
various types of ultrasound and stereotaxic craniotomy. The surgical treatment
is augmented by a team of oncologists, both medical and radiation that
offer the most advanced and often complex chemotherapeutic care regimes,
including participation in multiple national brain tumor therapy protocols
as well as highly specialized radiation treatments.