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BRAIN

 

 

Goodman Campbell neurosurgeons lead the state in the treatment of brain disorders, with more than 25 surgeons specializing in distinct areas of brain disorders and treatment, including brain trauma, tumors and neurological disorders (tremor, Parkinson's disease, and some chronic pain). We also offer services not found anywhere else in the state and are often a referral destination for other neurosurgical practices in the region, given our expertise in the rarest diseases and conditions of the brain and the volumes of complex treatments we perform, including skull base surgery, epilepsy surgery, the most difficult brain tumors and Indiana's widest variety of radiosurgery options, including The Indiana Lions Gamma Knife Center, Novalis, Cyberknife and proton beam therapy.

No other living structure is more complex than the brain. The intricate electrical currents of this three-pound organ regulate our thinking, our emotions and our actions. In recent years, scientific study has led to amazing breakthroughs in our understanding of this superstructure - the way it responds to injury and illness and the ways we can help it heal.

Check out the videos and diagrams in our Neuropedia for an even better understanding of brain-related conditions, treatments and anatomy.

 


 

Common Questions

Who performs brain surgery?

The surgeons of Goodman Campbell lead the state in the treatment of brain disorders. Over 25 neurosurgeons specialize in distinct areas of brain disorders and treatment and routinely partner with oncologists, neurologists, anesthesiologists and other specialists to deliver the finest care.

 

Do neurosurgeons only do brain surgery?

No, neurosurgeons treat disorders and diseases of the spine and nervous system, in addition to the brain. Other specialists may treat the spine and problems related to nerves (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), but only neurosurgeons are specially trained to treat the brain and any other nerves in the body, such as those that are part of your spinal cord and those that go to your arms and legs. If you feel any weakness or numbness in any part of your body, it's likely your nerves are part of the problem and it's best to seek advice from your family doctor, who may refer you to a neurologist first. Then, if appropriate, you may be sent for a consultation with a neurosurgeon.

While neurosurgeons are the only doctors who can treat the brain by surgically opening the skull, there are other specialists called Interventional Neuroradiologists who use more minimally invasive techniques to treat problems of the brain.

 

What types of brain disorders do you treat?

Goodman Campbell neurosurgeons specialize in treating a variety of surgical brain disorders, including brain trauma, tumors, and neurological disorders (tremor, Parkinson's disease, and some chronic pain).

 

How are brain tumors treated?

Treatment is dictated by each patient's medical history and condition and is closely monitored by a group of surgeons with highly specialized skills in a wide range of brain disorders. This team of experts includes the neurosurgeon, as well as medical and radiation oncologists. Once the type and location of a tumor have been identified, treatment may include microsurgical resection, radiosurgery (including Novalis-shaped beam surgery or CyberKnife), biopsy, and brain mapping (the identification and preservation of critical areas of the brain during surgery). Special image-guided surgery and endoscopic techniques increase the accuracy and safety of tumor resections from areas of the brain that are difficult to reach.

 

How do neurologists and neurosurgeons work together?

Goodman Campbell neurosurgeons and community neurologists join forces to treat neurological disorders such as tremor, Parkinson's, and chronic pain with deep brain stimulation, a form of artificial brain stimulation generated by an implanted electrode and pulse generator. Post-operatively, the electrical current can be administered, adjusted, turned on and off by the patient to provide the best response. Most often, the neurologist will take care of you up to and after the surgery necessary to implant the device. The neurosurgeon will be the one to implant the device. Your neurologist will monitor your progress and help you learn how to use the device to improve your condition.

Typically a patient will see a specialist first, such as a neurologist, ophthalmologist or otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat doctor or ENT). These physicians will evaluate a patient and make a decision if a referral to a neurosurgeon is right for you. When it comes to neurologists specifically, they will typically handle the "medical" side of your care, including prescribing medications and other non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy or biofeedback.  They will often order imaging studies such as MRI or CT scans. Based on their diagnosis of your condition - either through physical examination or results from imaging studies - your neurologist may decide to send you to a neurosurgeon for further evaluation.

 

If I get sent to a neurosurgeon, that means I need brain surgery, right?

Just because you have been sent to a neurosurgeon does not mean you will need surgery.  After talking to you and examining you and your films (your X-rays, MRI or CT scans), the neurosurgeon may determine that you are not a candidate for surgery or may want to wait to see if your condition progresses.  This is called "watchful waiting." Many patients do not have any pain or symptoms that affect being able to do everyday things. Sometimes in these cases it makes more sense to wait a few months and have additional tests performed to see if anything has changed.

 

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