At UM BWMC, our neurosurgeons have extensive surgical training to treat patients with diseases, injuries and trauma to the brain, neck and spine. They use innovative techniques and technology to perform both routine and highly complex procedures.

Working with UM BWMC neurologists, the neurosurgery team considers all beneficial treatment options, exhausting non-surgical options when appropriate, and create a plan of care customized to each patient.

To make an appointment with one of our neurosurgeons, please call 410-553-8160.

Brain Conditions Treated With Neurosurgery

Brain injuries and conditions can be complicated and scary, but when in the right hands, they can be treated so you can return to a normal, active life. Some conditions of the brain that our neurosurgeons treat include:

  • Brain tumors: these are abnormal growths of cells that can be benign or cancerous. Surgeons perform biopsies to assess tumors and a craniotomy to remove them.
  • Brain bleeding: this can occur in the brain when an artery in the brain bursts and causes localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This is also called a brain hemorrhage, and it kills brain cells, so it's imperative to treat immediately. Head trauma/injury is a common cause of bleeding in the brain.
  • Blood clots: these can form in the brain as a result of head trauma, traveling clots from other parts of the body, hardening or narrowing of the arteries, or inflammation of a superficial vein. A blood clot in the brain can cause an ischemic stroke, a stroke caused when an artery to the brain becomes blocked and starves the brain of oxygen and nutrients.
  • Hydrocephalus: also called water on the brain, this is a buildup of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain. Normally this cerebrospinal fluid cushions the brain; however excess fluid puts harmful pressure on the brain. Hydrocephalus can be present at birth due to genetic or fetal development problems, or it can form at a later age due to trauma, stroke, infection, tumors or brain bleeds.
  • Infection, inflammation and pressure swelling: this can occur in the brain as a result of other injuries or disorders.

Brain Surgery

Our neurosurgeons operate in UM BWMC's state-of-the-art surgical suite. The operating rooms include a navigation system that enables surgeons to get detailed views of the spine and brain to perform complex procedures.

The surgeons use the advanced Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT, which provides advanced imaging technology and anatomical information during procedures to ensure surgical success. The rooms also feature multiple high-definition monitors, where surgeons can see the surgical site, images like CT scans, vital signs and even live microscopic pictures from pathology.

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