When you choose our specialists you benefit from a team approach to neurosurgery care. Experienced, skilled physicians and nurses collaborate to develop and provide the most appropriate treatment plan for you. We use leading-edge surgical techniques and offer you access to the latest technologies and treatments.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Our team uses state-of-the-art tools and techniques, many of which have been developed by our board-certified surgeons. Your care is in the hands of experts who continually stay at the top of their field.
- Multispecialty care: Our neurosurgeons work in a multispecialty team that includes neurologists, neuroradiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and a dedicated neuroanesthesia team. These experts work together to bring you effective, advanced treatment.
- Dedicated neurosurgery suites: Our hospitals contain dedicated neurosurgery operating rooms, including ones for trauma surgery. We also offer a 20-bed neuro-intensive care unit that is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the United States. This means that after your surgery, you receive care from specialized physicians, nurses and staff.
- Advanced technology: Your neurosurgeon uses the latest technology, including intraoperative MRI, Gamma Knife and the Monteris AutoLITT MRI-guided laser probe.
- Groundbreaking expertise: Our neurosurgeons performed the world's first magnetic surgery, known as the Magnetic Surgery System (MSS). The MSS is a safer way of manipulating surgical tools within the brain. We can use this technique to find and remove brain tumors while keeping nearby structures and tissues unharmed.
Minimally invasive surgery: In some cases, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. These techniques are less invasive and more effective, with faster recovery times.
- Minimally invasive surgery: In some cases, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. These techniques are less invasive and more effective, with faster recovery times.
Our neurosurgeons were the first in Missouri to use robot-assisted techniques during spine surgery. These techniques increase precision and accuracy.
We pride ourselves on comprehensive, expert care for all our patients. We aim to provide coordinated, compassionate treatment that accounts for your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
You are required to get a referral for a neurosurgery appointment. Before your appointment, you will receive a packet of information in the mail. This will include a:
Health history form
Letter of instructions
Map of the hospital
The letter will include helpful phone numbers in case you have questions. Please complete the health history form and bring it to your appointment. In addition, we will need you to bring your:
Records of any prior imaging
Please also ask your physician to fax any relevant history and patient records prior to your appointment.
Once your appointment has been scheduled, you will be contacted by Patient Registration. By registering prior to your appointment, you will save time and also know whether your insurance will cover the procedure.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will fill out a patient questionnaire, which asks you to summarize your general medical, family and social history. It will become part of your permanent patient record.
Our neurosurgeons treat a full range of neurological disorders, including:
- Brain tumorsTumors occur when a cluster of irregular cells forms in the brain or travels to the brain.
- Cerebrovascular disordersThese conditions affect the blood vessels in your brain.
- EpilepsyEpilepsy is a chronic condition characterized by seizures, bursts of uncontrolled electrical activity in your brain.
- Nerve injuriesAn injury to one of your nerves can interfere with the signals between your brain and your nerves.
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)Irregular buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain cavities (ventricles) increases brain pressure.
- Parkinson's diseaseThis progressive nervous system disorder occurs when nerve cell damage leads to a drop of dopamine. Symptoms include tremors, stiffness, balance problems or slow movements.
- Pituitary tumorsThese irregular growths form in the pituitary gland, a small gland in the brain that produces hormones.
- Spine problemsNeurosurgeons work closely with orthopedic surgeons to treat spine problems, including tumors, injuries, degenerative disorders and deformities.