Neurosurgery Knoxville Neurosurgeons Knoxville | Dr. Lewis W. Harris, M.D. | Dr. William E. Snyder Jr., M.D. Brain Tumors | Spine Tumors | Arterio Venous Malformation | Knoxville Lumbar Microdiscectomy | Lumbar Spinal Fusion | Knoxville Patient Information Neurosurgical Associates, P.C.: 1932 Alcoa Hwy. | Bldg. C - Ste. 255 | UT Medical Center | Knoxville, TN 37920 | Tel: 865.524.1869 Neurosurgery Consultation Knoxville
     
  - Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery  
  - Lumbar Microdiscectomy  
  - Lumbar Spinal Fusion (or Thoracic)  
  - Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion  
  - Laminectomy for Spinal Stenosis  
  - Treatment of Fracture  
  - Spinal Tumor Resection  
  - Release of Tethered Spinal Cord  
  - Closure of Spina Bifida  
  - Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement  
 
     
  - Tumor Resection  
  - CyberKnife®  
  - Gamma Knife  
  - Shunts for Hydrocephalus  
  - Clipping of Aneurysms  
  - AVM  
  - Removal of Hematoma  
  - Correction of Congenital Deformities  
  - Microvascular Decompression  
     
 
     
     
 

Brain Procedures

 
     
 

Clipping of Aneurysms

Clipping is a procedure done to prevent a weakened aneurysm from bleeding into the spaces around the brain. An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in an artery wall. If an aneurysm bursts, it can be life-threatening. This procedure is performed through traditional open surgery to place a clip on the base of the aneurysm to block normal blood flow. The clip is made of titanium and stays on the artery forever. If an aneurysm has already burst, clipping may be performed as an emergency procedure to prevent further damage.

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AVM

Arterio-venous malformation (AVM) is a condition that occurs when blood pumps to and from the heart without providing the proper nutrients to the brain. This happens because of an abnormal collection of blood vessels that lack the tiny vessels called capillaries that nourish the tissues.

AVM can be treated through embolization, which is a plugging of the abnormal blood vessels, radiation, surgery, or any combination of these.

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Removal of Hematoma

A hematoma occurs when a blood vessel within the brain or between the skull and brain ruptures as a result of a traumatic head injury. The hematoma is the collection of blood that is left from this which can compress your brain tissue and be life-threatening.

A hematoma often needs to be removed surgically. Small amounts of blood can be removed through perforation, creating a small hole through the skull to suction out the blood, while large hematomas may require traditional open surgery, known as craniotomy.

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Correction of Congenital Deformities

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the cranial sutures, the joints between the bones of the skull, closes before the brain is done growing. Other areas of the skull continue to grow, forming an abnormal skull shape. If too many sutures close, the brain may not properly develop. Surgery can be performed to relieve pressure on the brain and cranial nerves, as well as give the head an improved symmetry and appearance.

Hydrocephalus is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain that causes enlargement of the ventricles and places pressure on the tissues in the brain. This genetic disorder affects approximately 1 in every 500 children. Treatment usually includes implantation of a shunt system, which directs the excess CSF to another area of the body where it can be naturally absorbed.

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Microvascular Decompression

Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure that treats trigeminal neuralgia and other painful conditions that involve the compression of cranial nerve roots by veins or arteries. This procedure inserts a tiny sponge in between the nerve root and the vessel that is compressing it, relieving pressure and related symptoms. MVD is highly successful in relieving compression and is often recommended when medication or other conservative methods have failed or produced unwanted side effects. MVD is performed under general anesthesia and requires a short hospital stay.

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Neurosurgeons Dr. William E. Snyder Jr., Dr. Richard P. Boyer, Dr. James A. Killeffer, Dr. Kent L. Sauter, Dr. David H. Hauge, Dr. Todd B. Abel,
Dr. Steven A. Sanders, Dr. Joshua A. Miller, Dr. Joel B. Ragland, Dr. Jennifer G. Savage, and Dr. Christopher P. Gallati
serving Knoxville and the surrounding areas.

Neurosurgical Associates, P.C.

1932 Alcoa Hwy. | Bldg. C | Ste. 360 | Knoxville, TN 37920 | 865-524-1869 
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