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Brain surgery is complex, and an experienced neurosurgery team can keep you safe and help you back to good health.
At UM SMG – Neurosurgery, our team members are experts in brain surgery. We collaborate with system-wide oncology and neuroradiology teams to offer individualized treatment plans while using the latest technology for brain neurosurgery.
To learn more about our program or to make an appointment at our Easton office, call 410-820-9117.
Conditions We Treat
Brain tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and they can arise from the brain itself (primary) or originate from another organ in the body (metastatic). Depending on their location and the patient's symptoms, brain tumors can be treated with observation, open neurosurgical procedures, minimally invasive approaches or stereotactic radiosurgery.
Cancerous tumors are usually treated with surgery and a combination of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
The carotid arteries are the two major arteries that carry blood from the heart to the brain. Over time, plaque may build up in the artery, narrowing the blood vessel, slowing blood flow and possibly causing a stroke. This narrowing is called carotid stenosis.
Carotid endarterectomy is an operation in which your surgeon removes that plaque.
Chiari malformation is when brain tissue extends out of the skull into the spinal canal. These structural defects are found in both children and adults. Patients can develop headaches and sensation changes in their arms and legs due to inadequate flow of spinal fluid from the spine to the brain. Surgery at the junction of the brain and spinal canal can create a larger space for the fluid to travel to relieve patient symptoms.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
Enlarged ventricles of the brain without increased pressure due to obstruction is known as NPH. Symptoms include urinary incontinence, difficulty with memory or cognition and change in how a person walks. Once a lumbar puncture confirms the NPH diagnosis, a ventricular shunt can be permanently placed to relieve symptoms. A small, thin catheter is passed into a ventricle of the brain, then tunneled to drain within the abdomen. A valve (fluid pump) is adjusted so that excess fluid drains out of it into the abdomen in a slow fashion to relieve symptoms.
Pituitary tumors form in the pituitary gland at the base of the skull. They can cause many symptoms — headaches, loss of vision and hormonal disorders. Pituitary tumors are primarily benign but in rare instances can be malignant. Treatment often involves minimally invasive surgery through the nasal passage.
- Life Saved by Emergency Brain Surgery: Support and therapy led music teacher Amy Effler to a strong recovery after brain surgery.
- Treating Chiari Malformation: Neurosurgery physician Khalid Kurtom treats patients for this rare neurological disease.
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