Carroll Hospital Center has board-certified neurosurgeons on staff to provide advanced surgery for many problems of the nervous system, including the spine, neck, brain and peripheral nerves, using the latest techniques. For a referral to a neurosurgeon, call 410-871-7000
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Our procedures to treat neck and back pain include:
- Microdiscectomy – this procedure removes the herniated disc or bone fragments that are impinging on a spinal nerve and causing pain that radiates down into the legs. It allows the nerve to heal and symptoms to resolve.
- Discectomy – this procedure removes a herniated disc to relieve pain and other symptoms caused by its pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord. When you are not a candidate for less invasive procedures, your neurosurgeon may advise a traditional approach.
- Vertebroplasty – a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure used to treat painful, progressive vertebral compression fractures, which are typically caused by osteoporosis or cancer. Guided by imaging, the surgeon inserts a hollow needle into the affected area and injects special bone cement into the bone to stabilize it and decrease or eliminate the pain.
- Kyphoplasty – a procedure similar to vertebroplasty except that, prior to injecting the special bone cement, the neurosurgeon inserts and inflates a balloon device to restore the space between the vertebrae. He then fills the space with a special cement to preserve this space. Patients typically go home the same day.
- Laminectomy – a procedure that removes a portion of a vertebra called the lamina (bony arch) and sometimes adjacent structures, in order to relieve pain from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or other spinal problem.
- Spinal Fusions – a procedure that fuses two or more vertebrae to relieve pain and to prevent movement and further deterioration of the spinal column, used when less aggressive approaches are unlikely to be effective.
- Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery – surgery to remove a tumor in the spinal cord
Our neurosurgical procedures in the brain include:
Ventricular shunts – a tube inserted into one of the brain’s ventricles, a chamber filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), to drain excess fluid caused by infection or disease.
Craniotomy – a type of brain surgery in which a section (flap) of the skull is cut away to remove certain types of brain tumors or to treat intracranial bleeding.