The Only Board Certified Neurosurgeons on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Memorial offers the only board-certified neurosurgeons on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Their specialty is the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders affecting the nervous system in the brain, spine, spinal cord, central and peripheral nervous system (parts of the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord), and the cerebrovascular (the brain and its blood vessels) system. Our neurosurgeons specialize in minimally invasive techniques to treat disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.
Memorial Hospital’s neurosurgery department is highly respected for its surgeons’ expertise in a wide range of surgical procedures. The conditions that they treat include:
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Brain and spinal infections
- Disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussions and hydrocephalus
- and more
Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures
Neurological Conditions for Spine Surgery
If you would like to know if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery to correct conditions in your spine, see one of our neurosurgeons for a discussion of what options are available for you.
Below is a list of the spinal conditions that are eligible for this minimally invasive surgery:
- Disc herniation of the back or neck
- Degenerative disc conditions, including osteoarthritis
- Infections of the spine
- Pain or swelling from prior fusions or surgeries
- Radiculopathy (leg pain)
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spaces within the spine)
- Spondylolisthesis (one of the vertebrae in the spine slips out of place onto the vertebra below it)
- Traumas of the spine
- Tumors of the spine
The surgical procedures performed by our team of neurosurgeons include some of the most traditional as well as cutting-edge ones in the medical field.
Not all spine surgeries are alike. In fact, there is a type of spine surgery that is minimally invasive—by way of a smaller incision—and offers the same benefits as traditional spine surgery with less potential physical traumas. The neurosurgeon is able to use an endoscope, an illuminated flexible or rigid tubular instrument, to avoid having to retract or move major back muscles, as in open spine surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgeries (both cervical and lumbar):
- Mazor X Robotic Spine Surgery
- Spinal fusions
- Disc repairs
- Extracranial and intracranial bypass surgeries to prevent strokes
- Complex skull base tumor surgeries
By undergoing this type of endoscopic spine surgery procedure, patients will not suffer from the pain and scarring that can develop after muscle retraction in more invasive spine surgeries. What’s more, significantly less post-operative recuperation time in the hospital is required. In many cases, patients are even able to go home the same day.
Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
Neurological Conditions for Brain Surgery
Our Neurosurgery program offers minimally invasive surgical procedures for:
- Brain tumors
- Blood clots
- Stroke prevention
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Cavernous angioma.
- Acoustic neuromas
- Extracranial and intracranial bypass surgeries
- Complex skull base tumor surgeries
Typically only performed at large, academic centers, Memorial neurosurgeons specialize in and perform awake craniotomies. During this brain surgery, the patient is awake during the most critical part of the procedure. This ensures that the surgeon can be as aggressive as possible in removing brain lesions and tumors while making sure that the patient remains neurologically intact with no deficits or sequelae during or after surgery.
Memorial’s Achievements in Neurosurgery
Memorial achieved the Healthgrades 2020 Five-Star Award in Spinal Fusion.
Take the Next Step
For Neurosurgery, call (228) 867-4855 or talk to your primary care provider about next steps.