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Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Neurological Surgery

Neuroscience and Spine Institute

The Neuroscience & Spine Institute's Department of Neurological Surgery, a department of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, provides care for adult and pediatric patients in the treatment of conditions that may modify the function or activity of the central nervous system (brain, pituitary, and spinal cord), the peripheral nervous system (cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves), the autonomic nervous system, the supporting structures of these systems (skull, skull base, and vertebral column), and their vascular supply (intracranial, extracranial, and spinal vasculature).

Treatment includes both the non-operative management (prevention, diagnosis – including image interpretation- and treatments such as, but not limited to, neurocritical intensive care and rehabilitation) and operative management with its associated image use and interpretation (e.g. endovascular surgery, functional and restorative surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and spinal fusion-including instrumentation).

The Department of Neurological Surgery provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for:

Tumor: Conditions

  • Brain tumor
  • Pituitary tumors (adenomas)
  • Elevated prolactin levels
  • Meningioma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Glioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Malignant astrocytoma
  • Oliogdendroglioma
  • Low grade glioma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Metastasis to the brain and spine

Tumor: Procedures

  • Ommaya reservoir placement for disseminated central nervous system disorders
  • Brain biopsy
  • Craniotomy for tumor
  • Computer assisted surgical navigation
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Skull base approaches
  • Endonasal endoscopic approaches

Cerebrovascular: Conditions

  • Aneurysm
  • AVM
  • Caveroma
  • Stroke
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular insufficiency
  • Moya moya disease
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Subarahnoid hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Hemorrhagic stroke

Cerebrovascular: Procedures

  • Craniotomy for aneurysm clipping
  • Craniotomy for AVM removal
  • Craniotomy for cavernoma resection
  • Intracranial extracranial bypass
  • Intraoperative angiography
  • Decompressive hemicraniotomy

Spine and Peripheral Nerve-Conditions

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Degenerative
  • Traumatic
  • Congenital
  • Infectious
  • Oncological disorders of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine
  • Cranio-cervical junction disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative deformity
  • Neurogenic claudication
  • Cervical and thoracic myelopathy
  • Spinal avm
  • Spinal cavernoma
  • Cervical thoracic, and lumbar disc
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar stenosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar neuropathy
  • Chairi Malformation
  • Compressive peripheral neuropathies

Spine and Peripheral Nerve Procedures

  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally invasive spinal approaches
  • Decompression
  • Fusion (bone and instrumentation)
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Open carpal tunnel release
  • Ulnar nerve decompression

Degenerative and Congenital

  • Deformity correction
  • Corpectomy
  • Artificial disc
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • Anterior and posterior instrumentation

Trauma and Critical Care

  • Adult and Pediatric Cranial and Spinal Trauma
  • Cervical, cranio-cervical, thoracic, thoraco-lumbar, lumbar-sacral fractures
  • Burst fractures
  • Subdural, epidural, subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Complex cranial reconstruction
  • Cranioplasty
  • Skull fractures
  • Cerebral spinal fluid leaks
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring
  • Hemicraniotomy
  • External ventricular drain