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Neurosurgery

Virtua has created a comprehensive hub to bring world-class neurosurgical care to its patients in South Jersey.

Virtua patients with conditions related to the central nervous (brain and spine) are seen by one of the foremost neurosurgical staffs in the nation. The allows us to perform advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures for the treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms and other brain and spine conditions.

Microsurgery and catheter-based procedures use very small surgical incisions and specially designed surgical tools and devices to reach the brain and spine. The smaller access points mean less disruption of normal structures. This reduces postoperative pain, speeds recovery and leads to shortened hospital stays. Many minimally invasive procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Cross-Trained in Catheter-Based Treatments

Virtua offers surgeons with a depth of experience in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the complete range of conditions affecting the brain and spine.   For patients for whom direct interventions are required, these specialists are dual trained——in both open surgical techniques (through external incisions) and endovascular techniques (accessing the central nervous system through small catheters advanced through arteries).   The latter approach is the least invasive strategy and takes advantage of diagnostic angiography and other imaging in such procedures as angioplasty, stenting, clot retrieval or embolization of bleeds.

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital acts as a referral center for neurosurgery patients from other hospitals throughout southern New Jersey.
Biplane imaging suite

Biplane imaging suite

Biplane imaging –– onsite at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital –– is an important capability for neurosurgery, especially for procedures involving the vessels of the brain.   Biplane is a digital X-ray technology that permits imaging of vessels from two dimensions and use of that imaging to construct a three-dimensional roadmap of blood-vessel flow within the brain for the neurosurgery team to follow.

This technology is important to locating sites requiring intervention and to monitoring the progress and success of treatment in the interventional suite.   Angiography (X-ray imaging of blood vessels) must be highly selective when determining which of the smaller vessels of the brain need to be reopened in treating a stroke. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has upgraded operating room facilities and purchased specialized equipment for this capability.  The state-of-the-science system provides highly detailed real-time images of the blood vessels in the central nervous system and permits Virtua neurosurgeons and to observe the advance of guide wires, catheters, and other devices during procedures.

Giving the neurosurgical team the ability to perform either endovascular procedure or microsurgery within one operating room, Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital offers a hybrid O.R./lab environment.  There, patients get the benefit of biplane imaging regardless of the procedure they are undergoing and avoid transport to a second operating room or different team of specialists if they should require conversion to another procedure.

Ready to Intervene to Save Function and Lives

The staff resorts to surgical intervention only if other options have been eliminated.  The goal is always to assess patients carefully and thoroughly, and then to manage them medically if possible.  Likewise, when surgery is necessary, the surgeons emphasize minimally invasive and microsurgical approaches.

Neurosurgeons are on call around the clock for all brain and spine emergencies.  These dual-trained surgeons receive in-house patients as well as patients transferred emergently from outside hospitals.  Patients from the community can be transported by ground or air. Among microsurgical techniques, the surgeons take advantage of stereotactic neurosurgery, which allows them to approach small targets in the brain not just through a minimal opening but with extraordinary spatial precision.  The team uses special measuring and operating frames, attached to the head, and advanced radiologic imaging techniques with the frame in place, to guide the procedures.

The goal is to preserve, save or restore functionality in patients to the fullest extent possible in all cases.  Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital provides for the best triage of brain and spine care in the South Jersey service area.

Patients treated at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital have an opportunity to participate in the most advanced treatments available. The neurosurgery team is active in research and clinical trials, offering patients the opportunity to benefit from the newest potential improvements in care.

Learn about neurosurgical services at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes in these areas:

Brain

Spine

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