Functional and Restoring Neurosurgery Center

UH Neurological Institute’s Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery Center is dedicated to the restoration of function affected by neurological disease and the development of new technologies to improve brain health and optimize the quality of life for patients with neurological disease or disorders.

The center is focused on enhancing patients’ neurological functioning through neuromodulation therapies, including electrical stimulation or direct delivery of medication to the nervous system. These advanced procedures provide options for patients with conditions and symptoms that typically do not respond to standard treatments.

Conditions we treat include:

The primary surgical treatment for restoring neurological function is deep brain stimulation(DBS). Additionally, our nationally recognized neurosurgeons perform a wide variety of other restorative procedures, including vagal nerve stimulation and targeted cranial surgical resections for the treatment of refractory epilepsy, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, surgical treatment of facial pain, stereotactic radiosurgery and intrathecal drug delivery.

Offering Specialized Treatment Programs

UH Neurological Institute’s Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery Center provides treatment programs to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for patients with chronic neurological or neuromuscular disorders. Some of the treatments we provide include:

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS): Manages tremors, movement and walking problems via surgical implantation of electrodes in the brain and pulse generators in the upper chest just beneath the collarbones.
  • Spinal cord stimulation: Uses spinal cord neurostimulators that deliver targeted chronic pain management. The neurostimulator is inserted under the skin through a small incision in the upper buttock, while the long-term lead is implanted in the epidural space of the spinal cord.
  • Intrathecal drug delivery: Also known as the "pain pump" or “baclofen pump,” this simple procedure uses a small pump to deliver medication directly to a patient’s spinal cord. The pump is placed under the abdominal skin through a minimally invasive procedure and delivers medication through a catheter to the area around the spinal cord.
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy: Seizures that do not respond to pharmaceutical management may be reduced or eliminated through epilepsy surgery. Advances in presurgical diagnostic techniques, including brainmapping, expand therapeutic options to a larger percentage of epileptic patients.
  • Surgical treatment of facial pain: Accurately identifies source of pain before devising customized surgical treatments. Surgical solutions are available to relieve pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia, multiple sclerosis, tumors and a variety of other neuropathies.

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