Neurosurgery

We are the site of Minnesota’s first intraoperative MRI surgical suite, where an MRI scan can help guide surgeons and quickly check the results of a surgical procedure.

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We offer comprehensive, state-of-the art care for the full range of neurosurgical problems, including complex conditions such as:
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Spinal disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Cranial blood vessel issues
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Pediatric brain disease
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Neurosurgical pain management
  • Surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy

Our Approach

You’ll have access to a wide variety of leading-edge technologies such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), minimally invasive endovascular surgical techniques, and stereotactic radiosurgery. We are the site of Minnesota’s first intraoperative MRI surgical suite, where an MRI scan can help guide surgeons and quickly check the results of a surgical procedure.

"We as neurosurgeons are given the privilege to step into people's lives at amazing times. When we've helped a patient, often we've saved a patient's life," said Andy Grande, MD. See how one of our neurosurgeons recently helped a patient with trigeminal neuralgia.

We work as a multidisciplinary team to diagnose and treat neurological disease in adults and children associated with genetics, disease, or trauma related to:

  • Brain
  • Spinal cord
  • Skull base tumors
  • Cranial nerves
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Stroke
  • Pituitary tumor

M Health Fairview neurologists have also implemented Telestroke technology at Fairview Southdale Hospital in partnership with Fairview Health Services. Using emergency room video conferencing, Telestroke technology allows stroke specialists to rapidly evaluate patients, review the results of brain imaging tests conducted in a patient’s local emergency department, and coordinate treatment even when the patient and other doctors are miles apart. Doctors have the ability to manipulate the camera position remotely—which helps when examining patients and diagnosing stroke symptoms—and can review the results of brain-imaging tests conducted in the local emergency department.

University of Minnesota Medical Center is one of only 39 hospitals in the country equipped with a ROSA device, which allows surgeons to conduct certain procedures with greater accuracy and efficiency, including to implant electrodes into the brain of epilepsy patients.

Conditions We Treat

Complex Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Spine Tumors, Spine Trauma, Failed Back Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scheuermann's Disease (also known as Scheuermann's Kyphosis), Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH), as well as:

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Frequently performed neurosurgery-related procedures include:

DaTscan Imaging

DaTscan is a contrast agent used with single-photo emission computed tomography (SPECT) to improve the ability to diagnose parkinsonian syndromes and essential tremor.
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Corpus Callostomy

Corpus callostomy is a surgical procedure for the treatment of seizures. If you have frequent disabling seizures that cannot be reliably controlled with medications, surgery may be an option for regaining your quality of life.
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Anterior Temporal Lobectomy

Anterior temporal lobectomy is the most common surgical procedure for treatment of epilepsy because most seizures originate in one of the temporal lobes. In this procedure, surgeons remove the front part of the temporal lobe, where the seizures are originating.
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Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure in which electrodes are placed on your brain and connected to a pulse generator, which sends signals to block abnormal brain signals that are causing your symptoms. DBS can be extremely helpful in reducing debilitating symptoms.
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Spinal Surgery

Traditional spine surgery consists of using bone grafts to fuse adjacent vertebrae, stabilizing your spine and providing relief from your pain. In the process, however, you may lose some range of motion. New artificial disks may enable you to maintain your range of motion.
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Gamma Knife® Icon™

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a pain- and incision-free treatment system that gives doctors additional options to destroy challenging tumors while preserving important surrounding tissues that could impact quality of life.
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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a FDA approved treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement with standardized treatment. TMS is a noninvasive therapy that uses electromagnetic energy to activate your brain cells.
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Lesionectomy

A lesionectomy is a common surgical procedure to remove a lesion, or abnormality, in the brain. Lesions may include congenital malformations, tumors, brain injuries, stroke or other conditions that cause epilepsy and seizure disorders.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Crainiotomy
  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Endoscopic Transnasal Skull Base Surgery
  • Radiosurgery (Stereotactic, Tomotherapy, Gamma Knife)
  • Telestroke
  • Real-Time MRI Guided Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

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