Neuro Sciences Center (Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Treatment)
At the University of Illinois Hospital patients receive the latest and most advanced care for the prevention and management of neurological conditions. UI Neurosurgery is part of the Neuropsychiatric Institute, a world leader in Neurosurgery established in the 1940's. Our doctors have treated more than 4,000 brain aneurysms.
The UI Neurosurgery ranks first in the state for treating the most aneurysm cases.
Neurosurgeons in our department have led the way in groundbreaking research in the areas of stroke, aneuryms, brain tumors, degenerative spinal disease and pain management. Currently, the Department of Neurosurgery is leading a nationwide study to evaluate blood flow and stroke risk. The University of Illinois Hospital has one of the largest neurosurgical intensive care units in the country and, in many cases, have successfully treated patients turned away from other major medical centers.
UI Neurosurgery is one of the most innovative patient-care focused specialty departments in the UIC College of Medicine.
UI Neurosurgeons have pioneered new therapies for the prevention and treatment of stroke. Our multidisciplinary team treats patients with common diseases, such as hardening and blockage of the brain arteries, as well as less common diseases, such as Moya-Moya, using endovascular and microsurgical approaches aided by unique neuro-imaging programs designed by UI Hospital neurosurgeons. Our patients receive the latest and most-advanced care for the prevention and management of stroke. UI Hospital is leading a multi-center nationwide study to evaluate stroke risk in patients with symptomatic ischemic Vertebro-Basilar Insufficiency (VBI).
UI Neurosurgeons have treated more than 4,000 aneurysm patients and treat the most aneurysms in the State of Illinois. Specialized techniques for treating complex aneurysms include bypass surgery and endovascular embolization. Our team was the first in Illinois to coil aneurysms non-surgically and the first to clip aneurysms of the pericallosal carotid artery.
Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
AVM's are vascular lesions of the brain and spinal cord that can lead to stroke or seizure disorders. Our team of neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and radiosurgeons provide several advanced treatment options often in combination. We are one of a few centers nationwide performing nidus embolization, a technique that cuts off the blood supply to the interior of the AVM, with a higher success rate than traditional procedures.
Spine and Spinal Cord Disorders
Our neurosurgeons have extensive experience in treating spine and spinal cord disorders and are internationally recognized in their field. In addition, our surgeons assist in the management of complex and problem cases. Minimally invasive and other innovative approaches are offered to patients based on their individual needs.
Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in providing the full spectrum of spine care including pain procedures, treatment for chronic pain syndromes, minimally invasive spine procedures, non-fusion technologies, and artificial disc replacement, as well as complex deformity correction and revision surgery.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) - (steer-e-o-TACK- tick- ray- dee -o-SUR-jer-ee)
A treatment method that focuses high doses of radiation at a tumor while limiting the exposure that normal tissue receives. Though it is called surgery, no knife or scalpel is used. The treatment may be useful for tumors that are in places where regular surgery would harm essential tissue, for example, in the brain or spinal cord, or when the patient's condition does not permit regular surgery.
Our neurosurgeons work alongside UI Hospital physician specialists in medicine, surgery, radiation oncology, psychiatry and neurology to provide a multidisciplinary neuro-oncology clinic for patients with cancer of the central nervous system. Patients receive the most-advanced therapies available guided by this multidisciplinary team. State-of-the-art computer-guided surgery allows precise tumor removal to minimize complications and reduce hospital stays to only a few days. We are the leader in the field of brain tumor research and are committed to providing our patients access to the most innovative treatments and clinical trials.
Our neurosurgeons perform the spectrum of neurosurgical procedures for the treatment of chronic pain, including sophisticated neuromodulation techniques and individually tailored interventions. The comprehensive approach and unique surgical procedures provide hope to many patients with pain syndromes that are resistant to traditional therapies. Areas of expertise include the treatment of chronic trigeminal pain, cancer pain, stroke pain and complex pain syndromes. Dr. Konstantin Slavin is the site Principal Investigator for three multi-center trials examining the role of spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of chronic back and leg pain. Our department has a proven track record of research success in the field of neuromodulation for the treatment of pain. Dr.Slavin has also authored in the first book dedicated to peripheral nerve stimulation.
Movement, Functional Disorders and Epilepsy
Parkinson's disease, movement disorders, and spasticity are among the disorders treated by our neurosurgeons using advanced computer-guided surgical technology. Patients with epilepsy who have been resistant to traditional treatments are evaluated for surgical treatment in cooperation with UI Neurologists. One of the first centers in the midwest to treat Parkinson's disease and essential tremor with deep brain stimulation, we now have approval to use this modality for treatment of severe dystonia and, most recently, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
In cooperation with other specialties, our neurosurgeons participate in a specialized clinic to diagnose and treat disorders of the peripheral nerves. From peripheral neuropathies requiring medical management to trauma that requires surgical correction, our doctors provide comprehensive diagnosis and management of these disorders. We also have a unique expertise in the treatment of peripheral nerve tumors.
Because of our expertise in critical care, we are a center for the referral of complex pediatric neurosurgical problem cases - specifically brain AVMs and vein of Galen aneurysms. We have more experience in the treatment of craniofacial disorders than any other medical center in the world.
The University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System's Department of Neurosurgery has nationally and internationally recognized experts in every subspecialty in neurosurgery. Several physicians among the UI Neurosurgery staff has been named as the The Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors. The combined expertise of neurosurgeons allows us to treat an extraordinary variety of conditions.
Outpatient Care Center
1801 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
To request an appointment, please call 866.600.CARE