Neurosurgery Programs | Norton Healthcare

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Norton Neuroscience Institute is a regional leader in the field of neurosurgery. Our providers use leading-edge, minimally invasive procedures to treat the most complex neurologic conditions to improve patients’ lives. Our multidisciplinary approach brings together a team of professionals to provide disease-specific, patient-centered care.

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons have experience from nationally recognized training centers. Our neurosurgeons work collaboratively with neurologists, neuropsychologists, therapists and other specialists to support our neurology centers. Whether patients are experiencing seizures, headache, Parkinson’s disease, stroke or memory loss, the neurosurgery team provides a surgical perspective to provide a customized care plan — just for you.

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgery is used to:

  • Give doctors access to the brain to remove a brain tumor, abnormal tissue, blood or blood clots
  • Relieve pressure after an injury or stroke
  • Repair a brain aneurysm or skull fractures, or treat other brain conditions

In collaboration with our neuropsychologists, we perform functional MRI scans and “awake” surgeries when appropriate to ensure that we are protecting essential brain tissue.

Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery

Functional and restorative neurosurgery focuses on techniques to assist patients with symptom control across a range of conditions, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and face, neck, back or nerve pain. Face pain patients may be offered microvascular decompression, minimally invasive nerve ablation or incision-free radiosurgery.

Neuromodulation via implantation of brain stimulators is a major part of functional and restorative neurosurgery for epilepsy and movement disorders. Spinal cord and nerve stimulation are used to reduce pain caused by failed back surgery and even diabetic neuropathy.

Endovascular and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

In addition to providing lifesaving care for patients with acute stroke and hemorrhage, our endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgery team works to reduce the risk of stroke or brain bleed in the first place. Our neurosurgeons are trained in both open and minimally invasive techniques to repair carotid and vertebral stenosis, cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations using state-of-the-art options, including radial artery approach, transcarotid artery revascularization and radiation therapy.

Care That’s Focused on You

It’s part of Norton Neuroscience Institute’s goal to care for the whole person, not just the condition.

  • Dedicated patient navigators can help schedule follow-up appointments, coordinate prescription assistance, create customized diet plans and provide guidance on disability benefits, housing, financial and employment concerns, and more.
  • Patients can access support groups, exercise classes and other educational events to connect with others and learn how to make the most of life while managing a neurologic condition.
  • Access an on-demand video library of educational content across a variety of condition-related topics is available.
  • We want to help prevent illness. Get help quitting smoking, and learn the signs of stroke.

A Louisville Leader in Neurological Care

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek their neurology and neurosurgery care from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized specialists than any other providers in the area.

Your Norton Neuroscience Institute medical provider has the expertise, experience, diagnostic tools and sophisticated treatments to provide care tailored to your needs.

  • More than 130 medical, surgical and research specialists are dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • Advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment can speed your recovery and minimize pain.
  • Multidisciplinary clinics provide easy access to care in one convenient appointment for your neurologic condition, with specialists in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals in Louisville are certified by DNV, recognizing excellence and expertise in stroke care.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
    • Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital are Primary Stroke Centers.
    • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute is at the forefront of neuroscientific research. As investigators on numerous trials, our physicians contribute to groundbreaking studies and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Also, patients may be eligible to take part in these experimental treatments.
    Learn more about current neuroscience clinical trials and studies.
  • The American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines stroke care program has recognized all four of Norton Healthcare’s adult service-hospitals in Louisville for exceeding national averages in getting patients in the door and administering lifesaving treatment to restore blood flow to the brain.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute’s multiple sclerosis (MS) program has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has recognized Norton Neuroscience Institute Comprehensive Epilepsy Center as a level 4 center, providing the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and ways to manage their disease.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions, get an alert if an earlier appointment becomes available, and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free Norton MyChart account.

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