Neurosurgery is a group of surgical procedures that address a variety of different neurological conditions. Unlike traditional neurosurgery, which has a larger incision, minimally invasive neurosurgery uses small, and sometimes no, incisions. This results in quicker recovery times and less risk of infection.
At Dignity Health North State, we treat many brain, nerve, and spine conditions with minimally invasive neurosurgery in Northern California. Find a Doctor to learn more about our expert neurology services and personal care.
Common Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeries
Common minimally invasive neurosurgery techniques include:
- Endoscopic neurosurgery uses a lighted, flexible scope inserted through a small incision in the skin or the nasal cavity.
- Microcraniotomy involves a smaller incision than traditional craniotomy in the scalp and skull.
- Minimally invasive cervical, thoracic, or lumbar surgery uses small incisions to repair spinal conditions.
Why We Perform Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Not all neurological conditions can be treated with minimally invasive neurosurgery. Your doctor at Dignity Health North State will explain whether or not you meet the criteria to be a candidate. Your doctor may recommend minimally invasive neurosurgery if you have any of the following conditions:
- Brain cysts and tumors, including glioblastomas
- Brain aneurysms
- Cushing’s disease
- Decompression of spinal cord or spinal nerves
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Spinal cord tumors
- Orthopedic spine conditions, including degenerative disc disease, herniated or ruptured spinal discs, spinal arthritis and bone spurs, and spinal stenosis
What to Expect with Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Dignity Health North State
Depending on your condition, minimally invasive neurosurgery may take place in a Dignity Health North State hospital or medical center. You may receive sedation or general anesthesia for your procedure. You may be able to go home the same day as your surgery, or a short hospital stay may be required. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions so you can plan accordingly.
Each person experiences a surgical treatment differently. In most cases, minimally invasive neurosurgery results in a faster recovery, less noticeable scars, and less pain compared to more traditional neurosurgery. Your recovery time will vary depending on your overall health, the type of surgery, and post-surgery treatment or care. For example, minimally invasive surgery for the spine will likely require physical therapy following surgery for you to fully recover.
At Dignity Health North State, we will provide you with detailed information about what to expect after your procedure, including activity restrictions, how to care for your incision(s), and any necessary follow-up therapy or treatment. Trust us with every aspect of your care.
Dignity Health North State hospitals offers advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgery in Redding, CA.