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Conditions & Treatments

You’ve received a diagnosis and you want to know what happens next. When you make an appointment with us, we take it from there, coordinating every facet of your care.

You don’t have to schedule different appointments yourself or go from doctor to doctor, repeating the same information. We’re your focal point for care — and Hartford HealthCare is the only system in the region that operates this way.

  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Awake craniotomy
  • Brain aneurysm/AVM/AV fistula
  • Cerebral bypass
  • Chiari Malformation surgery
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Epilepsy surgery (Vagus nerve stimulation)
  • Hemifacial spasm surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Laser brain tumor surgery
  • Minimally invasive craniotomy
  • Moya Moya surgery
  • Multiple Sclerosis care
  • Neuro-oncology: Pituitary, Gliomas, Glioblastoma, Metastasis (Brain/Spine), Meningioma, Pineal region tumors, Skull Base tumors)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neurotrauma
  • Pain management
  • Peripheral nerve and plexus surgery
  • Pituitary tumor surgery
  • Seizure surgery
  • Spine care: Brachial plexus, Cervical & Lumbar, Degenerative disc disease, Disc surgery, Herniated Disc, Metastasis (brain or spine), Minimally invasive surgeries, Peripheral nerve tumors/surgery, ScoliosisSpinal fusion, Spinal tumors, SpondylosisSpondylolisthesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stroke
  • Transcranial endoscopic procedures
  • Transnasal endoscopic procedures
  • Trigeminal neuralgia surgery
  • Vascular neurology

Treatments

Awake Craniotomy: We use a functional MRI (fMRI) to “map” a patient’s brain and determine where critical language areas reside — before removing the tumor. Then, during surgery, the patient can communicate with our team so they can test language function while they operate on the tumor.

Epilepsy Surgery: As part of our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Hartford HealthCare offers surgical solutions, including:
(link above goes to Epilepsy microsite)

Inpatient Services

  • Resection of epileptogenic structural lesions
  • Curative surgical procedures for temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Invasive electrode monitoring with depth and subdural electrodes
  • Vagus nerve stimulation to help prevent seizures
  • Cortical mapping and EEG monitoring during awake lesion resections

Outpatient Postsurgical Services

  • Full range of rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and neuropsychological care
  • Comprehensive mental health and recovery support services

Brain Aneurysm (Neurovascular Care)

Cerebral aneurysms, or brain aneurysms, are caused by a weakness in the wall of the artery, making a blood vessel bulge, weakening it. Under pressure, it can rupture, causing bleeding in and around the brain.

Symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Visual changes
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Loss of balance

Various risk factors may result in an aneurysm, including smoking, hypertension or a family history of brain aneurysm.

Treatments

Endovascular: Using small catheters inserted through a blood vessel in the groin, doctors can find the aneurysm and treat it with small detachable metal coils, eliminating the need for brain surgery.

Craniotomy: Some aneurysms cannot be treated with endovascular techniques. A craniotomy may be necessary. The neurosurgeon makes an opening in the skull and, through a microscope, locates and “clips” the neck of the aneurysm.

Extracranial–Intracranial Bypass: With a more complicated aneurysm that can’t be treated by clipping or coiling, the surgeon needs to divert the blood flow around the abnormal vessel. By connecting a vessel from outside the skull to an artery within the skull itself, the surgeon blocks off the abnormal vessel without disrupting normal blood flow to the brain.

Neuro-Oncology

Cancer of the brain and spine is treatable. Hartford HealthCare is one of the few healthcare systems in New England that uses beam radiation with stereotactic radiosurgery to treat tumors in or around the spinal cord and brain.

Our Neuro-oncology team includes:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Neuropathologists
  • Neuro-oncologists
  • Neuroradiologists 
  • Radiation oncologists

They work together on your care, from diagnosis to discharge.

Pain Management

We treat a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:

Spine Care

Spine-related problems we treat include:

Learn more about Mazor X™ - a new spine treatment for back and sciatic pain.

Our neurosurgeons’ expertise in minimally invasive surgeries helps patients heal and recover faster. They experience less pain and require shorter hospital stays.

Ayer Neuroscience Institute