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The Penn State Health Approach to Neurosurgery

The neurosurgery team at Penn State Health offers leading-edge treatment for the full range of conditions that affect the brain, spine and nerves. As central Pennsylvania’s only academic medical center, we provide innovative therapies and approaches you won’t find anywhere else nearby

Our doctors and researchers are experienced in every area of neurosurgery. We’re among the best centers in the world with the latest approaches in minimally invasive surgery, neuro-endovascular surgery, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, robotic assisted surgery, deep brain stimulation surgery, laser interstitial therapy and other modalities for the treatment of brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders and disease. You can get care for a full range of conditions, from traumatic brain injuries and stroke to epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and more.

Families throughout Pennsylvania count on us for our advanced neurosurgery expertise and comprehensive, personalized treatment.

Expert Neurosurgical Care for a Full Range of Conditions

Our neurosurgery team offers complete care and the latest treatments for brain, spine and nerve conditions in both children and adults. We specialize in the least-invasive approaches — including minimally invasive Mazor X Stealth™ robotic-assisted spine surgery and Gamma Knife® Icon™ radiosurgery, a nonsurgical treatment for brain tumors.

We use sophisticated imaging and testing approaches to find disease and develop a treatment plan that gives you the best possible results. We make sure you and your family are well-informed about your condition, treatment and recovery. We also connect you with other professionals as needed, such as mental health specialists, rehabilitation specialists, pain management experts and supportive services. We consider all your needs to ensure you receive the very best care.

Support Groups

Central Brain Tumor Support Group

This free group offers comfort, information and support to families and caregivers of patients during their treatment. These bimonthly meetings are held from 11 a.m...

This free group offers comfort, information and support to families and caregivers of patients during their treatment. These bimonthly meetings are held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Penn State Health East Campus, room 1710 A/B. For more information, contact C.W. Smith at 717-599-5416.

Deep Brain Stimulation Lunch and Learn

This free program educates patients and families about the benefits and risks of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy to treat essential tremor, Parkinson disease and dystonia...

This free program educates patients and families about the benefits and risks of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy to treat essential tremor, Parkinson disease and dystonia. Dr. James McInerney and Dr. Sol De Jesus, co-directors of the Penn State Deep Brain Stimulation program, will be available to answer questions. Sessions, which include lunch, are held the second Thursday of the month.

Attendance is limited, and registration is required. Call 717-531-2085 or email us to register.

Epilepsy Support Group

Living with epilepsy is challenging. Talking to other people with epilepsy can be helpful, which is why we offer support groups for our epilepsy patients...

Living with epilepsy is challenging. Talking to other people with epilepsy can be helpful, which is why we offer support groups for our epilepsy patients and their families. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Epilepsy Association of Western/Central Pennsylvania co-sponsor a monthly epilepsy support group on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m.

Registration is not required and there is no fee to attend. For more information, call Laura Woodward at 717-730-6779 or email lwoodward@efwp.org.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

The Spinal Cord Injury support group is open to those with spinal cord injuries, their families and support person. The group allows an opportunity for...

The Spinal Cord Injury support group is open to those with spinal cord injuries, their families and support person. The group allows an opportunity for support, socialization and education. Please join us at Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital Cafeteria, 1135 Old West Chocolate Avenue, Hummelstown, PA 17036 every third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Please contact Nancy Lokey for more information at nlokey@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Neurosurgery

Families throughout central Pennsylvania count on us for our advanced skills and experience in neurosurgery.

Nationally Recognized Neurosurgical Expertise

Penn State Health is a national leader in neurosurgery. Our neurosurgery team offers the most advanced treatment approaches. We’re recognized for our:

  • Skilled, experienced neurosurgeons — nearly all have been recognized in the top 3% of neurosurgeons nationally by the Best Doctors® in America, and several specialists have been named in the top 1% by America’s Top Doctors®
  • Level 4-designated Epilepsy Center of Excellence [link to Epilepsy page], the highest designation and the only center of its kind in central Pennsylvania
  • Stroke care excellence, including Comprehensive Stroke Center accreditation by The Joint Commission and Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association
  • Designation as a Blue Distinction® Center for Spine Surgery [link to Spine page]
  • Accredited Electroencephalography (EEG) lab
  • One of the busiest Deep Brain Stimulation Centers in the United States
  • The only Neurofibromatosis Clinic in Central Pennsylvania
  • The only ABPNS certified pediatric neurosurgeons in Central Pennsylvania

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

Our doctors are experienced in every subspecialty of neurosurgery and offer all the latest neurosurgical procedures. Our neurosurgeons work with neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgery nurses and clinical social workers.

We also work closely with orthopedic specialists, physical and rehabilitation therapists, pain management experts, radiologists, clinical social workers and others. You get complete care and personal attention from a dedicated team.

Neurosurgery Research and Clinical Trials

Penn State Health is continually looking for breakthroughs in treating nervous system tumors, repairing nerve damage and neurosurgery. We’ve become a national leader in studies on quality of life for both patients and their caregivers. Our research efforts focus on ALS, peripheral nerve tumors, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, tumor growth, stroke and nerve damage. You can get some of today’s most promising treatments before they become widely available. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Related Services and Treatments

  • Baclofen pumps
  • Cerebrovascular neurosurgery
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Dorsal root ganglion stimulation therapy
  • Endovascular neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery
  • Gamma knife
  • Implantable pain management devices
  • Intraoperative imaging
  • Laser ablation
  • Mazor X Stealth™ robotic-guided surgery
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgical oncology (neuro-oncology)
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Neurotrauma and critical care
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Percutaneous intradiscal procedures
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Radiosurgery
  • Skull base neurosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • STAR™ Tumor Ablation
  • Stereotactic neurosurgery
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Vascular neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

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