Neurosurgical services are provided at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Children’s Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Northeast Methodist Hospital and Methodist Stone Oak Hospital. According to the National Research Corporation, San Antonians prefer Methodist Healthcare's neurosurgeons for their neurology care over any other hospital in the region, taking care of more than 44 percent of the area’s neuro patients. Each adult hospital maintains a designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the The Joint Commission, meaning we meet exceptional standards of care when treating patients experiencing a stroke.
Neurosurgeons complete over 3,000 neurosurgeries at Methodist Healthcare hospitals in San Antonio each year, making us the busiest neurology program in South Texas.
For more than a decade, Methodist Hospital has been the most preferred health care provider in the region for neurological services. We have Texas’ leading neurosciences facilities, neurosurgeons, technological advancements and treatment programs. We have a highly trained and experienced staff of nurses, technicians and neurologists offering round-the-clock care for the ER. From radiology imaging services to rehabilitation, Methodist Hospital is dedicated to helping you or a loved one not only survive a stroke but to help you maintain optimum functioning.
We have 83 beds dedicated to stroke and other neurology patients with five to seven operating rooms devoted to neurosurgery on a daily basis.
In addition to our highly responsive emergency services staff, we have a 24/7 in-house medical team that includes a wide-range of neurologists:
- Emergency physicians
- Neuro Interventional Radiologists are available to treat intra-arterial thrombolysis, mechanical clot retrieval and coil treatment for aneurysms.
- Vascular surgeons for any urgent interventions
Neurologists are available for consultations regarding administration of t-PA, a clot-busting drug approved for use in certain patients having a stroke. Timely administration of t-PA can reduce loss of physical and mental functioning that strokes can cause.
The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program at the Texas Neurosciences Institute, a department of Methodist Hospital, is the number one program in Texas and ranked within the top 10 programs in the United States. Our highly skilled neurological team and dedicated staff use the latest technological advancements and treatment programs at the leading health care system in South Texas. DBS is a surgical treatment option that uses electrical impulses to manage the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), like tremors, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement and difficulty in walking due to balance problems. The procedure involves surgically placing electrodes that are attached to a neurostimulator (a pacemaker like device the size of a stopwatch) in a specific region of the brain, that sends low-level electrical pulses to the brain, disrupting faulty signals that cause tremors or other movement symptoms.
The Gamma Knife® Center at Methodist Hospital is the only one of its kind in South Texas, providing treatment options for those diagnosed with tumors or lesions developing deep inside the brain or coiled around the base of the skull. This device offers the most advanced radiosurgical treatment available. The Gamma Knife® is not a knife at all but a highly effective instrument used to pinpoint affected areas of the brain and to treat those areas with intensely focused beams while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue from overexposure to radiation.
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital is a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center with an emergency room team trained to act quickly to determine if you are experiencing a stroke. The hospital is equipped with advanced imaging devices that allow doctors to diagnose a stroke. Neurologists are available to prescribe clot-busting drugs when appropriate. Neurosurgeons are also available to provide surgical intervention if necessary.
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital offers both minimally invasive fusion and discectomy procedures. Minimally invasive disc surgery can help patients experiencing radiating pain in their extremities due to a pinched nerve. This surgical procedure is performed through an incision less than one inch long. Using a system of tubes ranging from 14 – 16 mm in diameter, surgeons are able to make dilate the muscle, creating an opening large enough for a tube that allows the surgeon to view the area through a surgical microscope. The herniated disc can then be removed without cutting muscle and tissue. This surgical technique means patients experience much less pain than tradition back surgery. Those suffering from spinal compression or pain related to a herniated disc or patients who are suffering from degenerative spine disorders are considered good candidates for minimally invasive techniques. Learn more about the neurosurgeons at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital by visiting www.TexasNeurosciences.com.
The Pediatric Neurosciences Program at Methodist Children’s Hospital treats a variety of pediatric conditions including brain tumors, hydrocephalus, chronic headaches and chiari malformations. We have an operating room dedicated solely to pediatric neurosurgery with equipment designed especially for children. The OR features a neuronavigation system that helps surgeons pinpoint the exact location of a brain tumor or lesion. For craniofacial reconstruction, Methodist Children’s Hospital uses absorbable plates and screws, so that as the child continues to grow, the material will be gradually absorbed into the body. This process is a superior choice compared to former techniques that required permanent screws and plates.
Pediatric neurologists work with maternal/fetal medicine physicians and families of children who have determine through prenatal testing that their newborn will have a brain or spinal disorder. The team can provide consultations to a family on what to expect so they can better prepare for the baby’s arrival. Pediatric neurologists also partner with clinical specialists in the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Program for cases in which stem cell transplant would help save a child’s life.
Like Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Northeast Methodist Hospital is a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center. There is always at least one neurologists available at all time to care for stroke patients. If surgery is required, the neurosurgeons at Metropolitan hospital are there to perform emergency neurosurgery.