Learning you need brain surgery can leave you feeling overwhelmed, emotional, and fearful about the outcomes. As you go through each step, you can depend on the compassion and experience of Randolph Bishop, MD, Kelli Hendley, FNP, and the team at Neurosurgical Solutions. They give you all of the information you need to make the best decision and provide ongoing support before, during, and after your surgery. If you face brain surgery or have questions about your condition or symptoms, don’t hesitate to call the office in Savannah, Georgia, or request a consultation online today.
Some brain conditions or a traumatic brain injury pose a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate brain surgery. But in most cases, brain surgery is considered only after Dr. Bishop completes an extensive neurological evaluation and determines all the options for treating your condition.
Before recommending brain surgery, Dr. Bishop considers essential concerns. For example, the location of the problem and whether it’s limited to one area or is widespread determines if he can perform surgery while causing minimal damage to the surrounding tissues.
Many conditions may need brain surgery. A few examples include:
While Dr. Bishop has extensive experience in many types of complex brain surgeries, he specializes in neuromodulation surgery for movement and pain disorders.
Treatment for a movement disorder begins with medication and often includes physical therapy. Dr. Bishop may also recommend spinal cord stimulation before surgery. A spinal cord stimulator uses electrical impulses to ease your pain, reduce tremors, and improve movement.
When conservative measures fail to control your symptoms, it’s time to consider brain surgery. Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, spasticity, and dystonia often improve with a type of surgery called deep brain stimulation.
When you have deep brain stimulation, Dr. Bishop implants a programmable generator under the skin of your chest and places electrodes into specific brain areas. The electrodes send out electrical impulses that control the abnormal brain activity responsible for your movement disorder.
The generator is programmed for each patient’s needs. Dr. Bishop adjusts the electrical impulse to effectively relieve your symptoms while limiting potential side effects.
Dr. Bishop also specializes in today’s most advanced surgical technology, including Visualase thermal laser ablation. After making a small hole in your skull, he uses real-time MRI imaging to guide the Visualase laser fiber into a precisely targeted area of your brain.
Dr. Bishop then uses laser energy to heat and destroy a small amount of the abnormal brain tissue. Visualase treats epilepsy, tremors, certain types of brain tumors, and other conditions.
If you have questions about brain surgery, call Neurosurgical Solutions or request an appointment online today.