Neurosurgeons at Butler Health System
The world-class neurology department at Butler Health System (BHS) offers
advanced care for our patients. Many of our patients come to us in need
of complex neurosurgical care for conditions such as degenerative disease,
spinal anomalies, central and peripheral nervous system conditions, and more.
Pennsylvania Brain and Spain Institute is a partnership between Butler Health System and Heritage Valley Health
quality medical staff puts patients first.
Our specialties include:
Aneurysms - An aneurysm is an enlarged artery that occurs due to weakness in an area
of the artery wall. A brain aneurysm can have no symptoms. Your neurosurgeon
will recommend treatment based on your risk factors and health history;
potions include open craniotomy/surgical clipping and endovascular coiling
/ coil embolization.
Brain Tumors - Types of brain tumors include primary and secondary brain tumors. Primary
brain tumors originate within brain tissue. Secondary brain tumors originate
elsewhere in the body and metastasize or spread to the brain. Your doctor
can diagnose a brain tumor using an imaging test such as a computerized
tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in order to
recommend the right course of treatment.
Carotid disease - Carotid artery disease involves narrowing of the carotid arteries—the
major blood vessels responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood to the
brain. Surgical treatments for carotid artery disease include carotid
endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid artery angioplasty with stenting (CAS).
Endovascular surgery - Endovascular is a term that means “inside a blood vessel.”
In the field of endovascular neurosurgery, the surgeon uses special tools—often
assisted by radiology images—in order to go through a blood vessel
in order to diagnose or treat certain conditions as an alternative to
Facial pain syndromes - Neurosurgeons can use advanced surgical techniques and treatments to
treat facial pain syndromes. Trigeminal neuralgia is a pain syndrome that
causes recurrent pain on one side of the face.
Hemifacial spasm - Hemifacial spasm causes twitching of one half of the phase, which may
begin near the eye and spread over time to the Surgical treatments for
hemifacial spasm include microvascular decompression (MVD). Your surgeon
will first order a brain MRI in order to confirm that there are no structural
Hydrocephalus/normal pressure hydrocephalus - Cerebrospinal fluid is a clear fluid that encircles the brain and spinal
cord, protecting them and supplying waste removal. Normal pressure hydrocephalus
(NPH) occurs when cerebrospinal fluid accumulates, enlarging the ventricles
of the brain.
Microvascular decompression - Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a type of surgical procedure that
is used to relieve compression of a cranial nerve. This procedure may
be used to treat a variety of conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia,
hemifacial spasm, and glossopharyngeal neuralgia.
Minimally invasive procedures for vascular issues - Vascular issues are conditions that affect the blood vessels. Your body’s
blood vessels—arteries and veins—supply blood throughout every
part of the body. Minimally invasive surgical procedures to affect abnormalities
of the blood vessels reduce recovery time, scarring, and risk in comparison
with open surgery techniques.
Minimally invasive treatment of spinal disorders - Examples of spinal disorders include those caused by blockages to the
blood supply, infections, injuries, and compression resulting from a tumor
or fractured bone. Minimally invasive techniques allow surgeons to protect
patients’ safety with better results than traditional techniques.
Neurological surgery - Neurosurgery is a specialty that involves both surgical and nonsurgical
treatment of nervous system disorders. This includes diagnosing, treating,
and preventing disorders that affect the nervous system, which is made
up of the brain, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.
Oncology - Neurosurgical treatment of cancers that affect the brain and nervous
system are supplied by our team at BHS. We can also help patients who
suffer from neurologic complications related to their cancer or cancer
Spinal fusion - Surgeons use spinal fusion to fix issues affecting the vertebrae—the
small bones that make up the spine. Spinal fusion involves fusing or essentially
“welding” abnormal or problematic vertebrae, allowing them
to heal strong and healthy.
Spinal reconstruction - Patients with severe deformities or misalignment of the spine may require
spinal reconstruction surgery. Some types of conditions repaired by spinal
reconstruction include spondylolisthesis, kyphosis, and scoliosis.
Spinal surgery - Lumbar nerve root pressure is usually caused by lumbar spinal stenosis
or a lumbar herniated disc. Decompression spinal surgery relieves the
pain that occurs when a nerve root is pinched, which is also known as
sciatica or radiculopathy.
Spinal tumors - A spinal tumor is any tissue mass—cancerous or benign—that
impacts the spine and spinal cord. Tumors that impact the spine are highly
complex and cause a variety of symptoms. Surgical remedy may be recommended.
Stroke - A stroke is called a brain attack. This medical event occurs due to a
sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain. Neurosurgery plays a role
in the treatment and management of stroke.