Conditions and Treatments

Cerebrovascular procedures

Brain aneurysm surgery
Our primary procedures for brain aneurysm are endovascular coiling and clipping. Coiling is a minimally invasive treatment. We use a catheter to thread a coil of small, platinum wire into the aneurysm to close it. Clipping is a traditional surgery procedure. We use a metal clip to close the aneurysm.

Arteriovenous malformation treatments
A multidisciplinary team gathers to treat this congenital tangle of arteries in the brain. Specialists include radiologists and interventional radiologists.

Endovascular treatments
These catheter procedures include aneurysm coiling, gluing, angioplasty and stenting.

Carotid endarterectomy
We use surgery to remove plaque in the carotid artery. Depending on your condition, we may perform balloon angioplasty or a stent to expand the artery. Team members may include interventional radiologists, cerebrovascular radiologists and vascular surgeons.

Cerebral revascularization
We're the only neurosurgeons in the Kansas City area performing this surgery. Similar to heart bypass surgery, this procedure uses a blood source outside the brain, such as the carotid artery, to deliver blood to a specific area of the brain that has reduced blood flow.

Deep brain stimulation
Our neurosurgeons are the only ones in the region who perform this important surgery for Parkinson's disease. Our hospital was one of the clinical testing centers for using DBS to treat movement disorders.

Epilepsy surgery
Our neurosurgeons work closely with our neurologists to treat patients with epilepsy. Together, they determine which area of the brain produces seizures and requires surgery.

Pediatric neurosurgery
We offer all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, including procedures for congenital problems.

Skull base surgery
This is the general name for multidisciplinary surgeries to treat tumors or vascular conditions affecting the area above the neck and below the brain. In addition to our neurosurgeons, ENT doctors, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists often work together to perform skull base surgery.

Spine surgery
Depending on the patient's condition, our neurosurgeons work as part of a team that may include orthopedic, thoracic and vascular surgeons.

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc 
  • Spinal instrumentation
    We use metal supports for fractured or unstable spines.
  • Spinal stenosis 
    Overgrowth of ligaments and tissues around spinal joints cause nerve compression and pain. This is the most common degenerative spine condition.
  • Spine and spinal cord tumors
    Our neurosurgeons and oncologists work together to remove the tumor, reconstruct the spine when necessary and determine if the tumor has spread to other parts of the body.

Brain tumor surgery 
Our neurosurgeons and stereotactic radiosurgeons treat benign and cancerous brain tumors. Our neurosurgeons are the first in the Midwest to perform cesium brachytherapy to treat certain types of tumors using radioactive "seeds." Read more.

Stereotactic radiosurgery 
Our neurosurgeons and stereotactic radiosurgeons work together to collaboratively treat brain tumors and pituitary tumors. We can also use stereotactic radiosurgery to treat other conditions, such as facial pain.

Trauma neurosurgery
Our neurosurgeons treat any trauma that may affect the nervous system, including auto accidents, stab wounds and cuts, blunt trauma and gunshots.

Traumatic brain injury treatments
Our neurosurgeons diagnose concussion and make sure there are no other structural problems in the brain. Although there is no neurosurgical treatment for concussion, we can treat the effects, such as blood clots and brain swelling.