Neurology is a vast field of medicine. Bryan Health provides a variety of treatments for neuro patients, including:
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
These are image-guided, minimally-invasive nonsurgical therapies that strengthen a broken spinal bone that has been weakened by osteoporosis, or less commonly, cancer. The procedures can increase your ability to function in everyday life and prevent further damage to your spine. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty also help ease pain caused by compression fractures. The procedures often are done on an outpatient basis.
Treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus patients. In hydrocephalus, the ventricles of the brain become enlarged with fluid. This causes brain tissue to compress against the skull, causing serious neurological problems. Shunting, also called ventriculoperitoneal shunting, is done to drain the excess fluid and relieve pressure in the brain.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is when ventricles in the brain enlarge without accompanying increased pressure in the brain. Symptoms include: altered mental status, trouble with walking and urinary incontinence. It is often misdiagnosed as dementia. If NPH is diagnosed, a shunt can be placed to drain the cerebrospinal fluid, thus decreasing the size of the ventricles and relieving the symptoms, returning patients to a better quality of life.
Deep Brain Stimulation
Stereotactic thalamotomy can now be performed in a non-invasive manner using the Gamma Knife®, which is a focused radiation device. The Gamma Knife® can be used to perform either thalamotomy or pallidotomy, which are procedures to treat tremors. Deep brain stimulation, which places electrodes into specific areas of the brain and is attached to an implant under the skin similar to a heart pacemaker, can be used to control tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia (slowness of movement).
Teamwork among physicians and staff members throughout Bryan Health resulted in outcomes worthy of a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which certified us as a Primary Stroke Center. Our stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. For more information call Mary Ellen Hook, RN, (402) 481-9899.
Stroke Risk Screening
Twice a year, Bryan Health conducts free stroke-risk screenings to the community. This screening is for adults, using a stroke-risk screening tool and includes weight and blood pressure readings. Your individual results are given at the time of the screening along with information you need to understand your risks and how you can prevent a stroke. For details and dates, call (402) 481-5643.