At the Texas Neurosciences Institute at Methodist Healthcare, we’re dedicated to helping those challenged with neurological disorders. Our nationally renowned doctors specialize in a range of treatments designed to address a variety of brain and spine disorders.
Our goal is to find the best possible solution, using the latest technologies and treatments. Nothing satisfies us more than improving the lives of our patients.
We specialize in:
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment option that uses electrical impulses to manage the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremors, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement and difficulty in walking due to balance problems. Dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions) and essential tremor may also be treated with DBS. Doctors may recommend DBS to patients who have not seen improvements in their symptoms with medication therapy alone. Patients who experience side effects after long-term medication use may also be potential candidates for DBS.
When small breaks or fractures occur in the spine, the collapse or compression of a vertebra shortens the spine and curves it forward. This can result in significant pain, immobility and a kyphotic (hunched-back) deformity. Most of the time osteoporosis – or the thinning of bones – causes these fractures.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Traditionally, open back surgeries require up to a six-inch incision and could potentially damage the tissue from dissecting and moving muscles aside to reach the spine, cauterizing blood vessels and removing bone. This invasive surgical approach can lead to an extended hospital stay, additional blood loss during surgery, higher risk for infection and longer recovery period.
Skull Base Surgery
Skull base surgery is unique in that the surgical approach varies according to location and complexity. Often, the neurosurgeon can access the site through natural openings of the head. For example, pituitary tumors are commonly removed through the nasal passage using a narrow tube equipped with microscopic tools (endoscope).
This less invasive approach speeds recovery and decreases the risk of infection related to healing incisions.
Some patients experience extreme pain, immobility, weakness or disabilities that severely diminish their quality of life. They may have already had injections, physical therapy and surgeries that failed to relieve their chronic pain. For these patients and others for which surgery is not a viable solution, neuromodulation may be an ideal alternative.
Neuromodulation involves applying low-level electrical impulses (spinal cord stimulation) or micro-doses of medicine (drug delivery systems) to nerves along the spinal cord to block pain signals to the brain.