Our expert, multidisciplinary teams are focused on providing compassionate care that addresses each patient’s specific needs.
Treatment options for neurosurgical conditions vary, depending on the condition and the best way to access the area that needs treatment. Below are some of the approaches used by UT Southwestern surgeons.
Despite having “surgery” in its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive technique in which high doses of radiation beams are delivered to a tumor or lesion in a concentrated, extremely precise manner. Many beams of radiation – more than 100 – can be directed at a tumor from different angles. The beams destroy the tumor or lesion but minimize risk to the surrounding healthy tissue. Each beam is weak and causes little damage when entering the body.
Stereotactic therapy usually can be done on an outpatient basis. UT Southwestern uses several stereotactic technologies, such as:
- Gamma Knife
- Perfection, a new technology that can treat more than one area of the body at a time
In these minimally invasive procedures, surgeons use image-guided technology to access certain areas by guiding small catheters through large blood vessels in the body. Neurosurgeons use endovascular surgery to insert balloons, stents, or coils in blood vessels or arteries. We use these techniques for many conditions, such as:
- Sealing off an aneurysm
- Opening blocked arteries of the neck
- Treating vascular malformations
Our neurosurgeons offer advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, such as nerve-conduction studies, therapeutic injections, specialized spine imaging, minimally invasive spine surgery, complex reconstructive surgery, and endoscopic surgery.
After surgery, patients recover in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (neuro ICU) at UT Southwestern, one of the world’s premier neurological diagnostic and treatment centers. The neuro ICU is equipped and designed to provide coordinated, compassionate care for patients with life-threatening neurological conditions. If needed, specialists from neuro-rehabilitation work with patients to help them recover function after surgery.