- Preventative Education, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Neurological Disorders
- Board-Certified Physicians and Multidisciplinary Team
- Dedicated to Caring for the Mind, Body and Soul
Clinical neuroscience focuses on the mechanisms that underlie diseases and disorders of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spine and nerves throughout the body. St. Catherine’s physicians in the field of clinical neuroscience treat disorders that affect these structures and include neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, neurooncologists, pain medicine specialists, neuroradiologists, interventional radiologists and rehabilitation specialists.
Under the leadership of board-certified specialists, St. Catherine’s experts provide surgical and non-surgical treatment options for neurological conditions.
The human brain is the most complex organ in the human body, weighing about 1.5 kg, made of billions of tiny cells—it is the organ that ignites all the senses. The intricate nature of the brain requires skilled surgeons—not only are St. Catherine’s physicians board-certified, they are also experienced—utilizing the latest technologies, offering interventions and resolving conditions.
Specialized brain surgeons provide surgical treatment for tumors, infections, head traumas, brain swelling, often using a procedure called craniotomy. A craniotomy is a surgical procedure to open the skull, where a party of the skull, called a bone flap is removed to gain access to the brain. The bone flap is often replaced after the procedure is finished. This is just one of the surgical options, other craniotomies include, keyhole (a dime size open in the bone of the skull), stereotactic (whereby computer navigation is used) and endoscopic (a light scoped with camera is inserted into the brain).
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems and affects as many as 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Neuroscience spine specialists, treat back and neck pain, compression fractions, herniated discs, lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and spinal tumors. With, conservative treatment, most issues can be resolved between 6-8 weeks.
Non-surgical treatments include pain medication, physical therapy and interventional pain management. And, for patients in need of more complexprocedures, St. Catherine’s highlytrained surgeons provide surgical treatments—every measure is made to first explore minimally invasive procedures, but when necessary, invasive options can be used. Every surgical procedure is based on the specific needs of the patient, and to best ensure they can return to normal activities as quickly as possible.
A stroke is a medical emergency, where blood supply to the brain is interrupted due to a clot or leakage of blood vessel into the brain. A stroke can be life threatening, which is why time is of the essence when treating a patient with symptoms (trouble walking, speaking and understanding, as well as, numbness of face, arm or leg). St. Catherine has been pioneering early intervention for stroke patients with improved communication and collaboration with first responders, especially in administering clot busting medications, which can limit complications and prevent future strokes.
St. Catherine of Siena provides stroke intervention through its Emergency Department, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Hospital is a New York State designated Stroke Center and has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Gold Plus Award for excellence in quality for stroke and TIA management, since 2010. In addition, The Joint Commission awarded the Medical Center with the Gold Seal of Approval and accreditation for disease-specific stroke, since 2012.
For those who have suffered a stroke, health is best managed by neurologists. Neurologists have extensive knowledge of the brain, anatomy, function and blood supply, and are the most resourceful personnel in relation to stroke recover and rehabilitation.
Parkinson Disease Referral Center
The Medical Center is also home to the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurologic disorder involving areas of the brain which control movement. In PD, dopamine-producing nerve cells (a brain chemical used to send messages to the muscles to make them move properly) are damaged, gradually reducing dopamine levels in the parts of the brain that control movement. This loss of dopamine causes a variety of movement problems. Symptoms in early PD are usually mild and may stay that way for some time.
If you or someone you know has PD you are not alone. In the US, 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD. The Center for Disease control rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the US. Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from the condition.
St. Catherine’s American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Service is available to offer support and is staffed by a nurse coordinator and a board certified neurologist.
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