Patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, or pain may benefit from neurosurgery when medication no longer works. Using precise, targeted procedures that help modify the brain or spine’s function, the neurosurgery team at Tower Health aims to relieve debilitating symptoms, reduce side effects of medications, and improve quality of life. 

Conditions We Treat

  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia)
  • Spasticity

The functional neurosurgery and neuromodulation program at Tower Health offers several leading-edge, minimally invasive procedures. Our surgeons work closely with neurologists and pain medicine specialists, helping you receive the best treatments for your condition with the maximum gain in function and mobility. 

Functional Neurosurgery Procedures

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS). Electrodes are implanted into deep, precise targets in the brain. These electrodes send signals to areas of the brain responsible for movement control, which can drastically alleviate symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. 
  • Microvascular decompression (MVD). Irritated nerves at the base of the brain are decompressed, as they can be the cause of painful facial disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Spinal cord stimulator (SCS). An electrode is placed over the spinal cord, which can send impulses directly to the spine and ease pain.
  • Vagal nerve stimulator (VNS). An electrode is placed around the vagus nerve in the neck, which can help control seizures and improve function in patients who have experienced a stroke.
  • Intrathecal pumps. A small tube connected to a pump is inserted into the spinal canal, which can infuse medications to treat pain and spasticity, and increase effectiveness at a lower dose.