Neurology services at Methodist Hospital

At Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, patients from around the world receive exceptional care by one of the most experienced neurological teams in the U.S.—leading the top deep brain stimulation (DBS) program in Texas.

To learn more about neurological services offered at Methodist Hospital, call the Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355.

Using the latest technological advancements and treatment options, our dedicated team of physicians performs more deep brain stimulations, spinal canal explorations and lumbar fusions than any other hospital in Texas.

Comprehensive neurology services

Methodist Hospital boasts Texas’ leading neurosciences facilities, neurosurgeons and treatment programs.

We have 83 beds dedicated to stroke and other neurology patients with five to seven operating rooms devoted to neurosurgery on a daily basis.

There is a reason our neurological care program is the top choice for patients in San Antonio. We have a medical team in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week that includes:

  • Emergency physicians
  • Neuro-interventional radiologists
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists

Deep brain stimulation

The deep brain stimulation (DBS) program at Methodist Hospital is the number one program in Texas and ranked within the top 10 programs in the U.S. 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. The device sends low-level electrical pulses to the brain, disrupting faulty signals that cause tremors or other movement symptoms.

Nationally recognized stroke care

U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Quality and Patient Safety Accredited Hospital 2019 Get with Guidelines Stroke, Gold Plus from the American Heart Association

In addition to receiving a Primary Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission, Methodist Hospital, the largest provider of stroke care in South Texas, has earned the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Healthcare, USA, Inc., one of the leading accrediting agencies in the U.S. Facilities with this certification offer the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area. The emphasis these programs place on deploying a disciplined management system, combined with the relevant clinical best practices, sets DNV GL stroke-certified programs apart from other programs.

Methodist Hospital participates in Get with the Guidelines®—Stroke, a program sponsored by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The program focuses on continuous quality improvement and protocols to ensure Methodist Hospital patients receive the best, evidence-based treatment.

Methodist Hospital was also recognized with Get With the Guidelines®—Silver Plus Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll by providing exceptional patient care.

Emergency care for stroke patients

For many patients, the road to recovery begins when they are transported to Methodist Hospital. All ER nurses are stroke-certified by the National Institutes of Health and can administer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) with physicians’ orders.

For stroke or brain injury patients, the moment the Methodist AirCare helicopter—a state-of-the-art emergency medical transport helicopter touches down, the medical crew aboard is ready to immediately begin administering an intensive level of medical care based on the specific needs of the patient, especially patients in rural communities who require a higher level of care.

Methodist AirCare maintains full accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

On-site neurological imaging services

Specialized equipment and trained staff are available 24/7 for radiology procedures to include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Computer tomography angiography (CTA)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Gamma Knife® stereotactic radiosurgery

Radiosurgery treatment

Methodist Hospital is home to the first Gamma Knife® Center in South Texas. Gamma Knife® radiosurgery delivers a targeted dose of radiation to the brain with extreme surgical precision. Gamma Knife® is the most accepted and widely used radiosurgery treatment in the world.

Gamma Knife® is used in combination with advanced imaging, such as MRI, CT or angiography, which allows your physician to deliver localized, precise radiation. This treatment helps to spare surrounding, healthy tissues, while effectively treating tumors or vascular malformations with radiation.

Neurological care at Methodist Healthcare

Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons often treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord, including stroke.

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