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Neurological care

Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord.

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Neurological treatment in Gainesville

The Spine & Brain Institute of North Florida at our hospital provides a full continuum of neurological care — from evaluation and diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation.

At HCA Florida North Florida Hospital, our goal is to help patients live a pain-free lifestyle without limitations from their neurological conditions. We aim to provide high-level care in a compassionate environment while promoting patient recovery and positive clinical outcomes. Our physicians are supported by specially trained registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physical therapists who help facilitate comprehensive neurological and rehabilitative care.

Neurological conditions we treat

We offer access to board-certified neurologists who offer treatment for a wide range of conditions, such as:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Brain bleeds
  • Brain cancer and tumors
  • Brain trauma
  • Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes)
  • Chiari malformation
  • Colloid cysts
  • Epilepsy
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Infections and abscesses
  • Memory loss
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle weakness and tumors
  • Neuropathic disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Seizure disorders
  • Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea
  • Spine conditions and disorders, including fractures, trauma and scoliosis

Our neurological treatments and services

We provide a full spectrum of neurological services to care for different types of conditions affecting the brain and spine.

Advanced stroke care

Our hospital is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV-GL Healthcare. We offer full-service stroke care to patients coming through our emergency room (ER). When local emergency medical services (EMS) teams inform us of an incoming patient with stroke symptoms, we call a "stroke alert." This protocol allows for an expedited evaluation and treatment process.

We offer lifesaving treatment options for patients experiencing ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. We administer a clot-busting drug — tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) — to break up blood clots causing an ischemic stroke. If tPA is not an option, we perform neurointerventional procedures.

Brain tumor care

We know receiving a brain tumor diagnosis can be overwhelming. That's why we are here to offer the care you need, from diagnosis through treatment and into recovery. The neurologists and oncologists at our hospital work together to provide complete care to patients with benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) brain tumors.

We offer stereotactic radiosurgery to treat tumors in the brain. This nonsurgical treatment delivers targeted doses of radiation to help preserve healthy brain tissue.

We treat the following types of brain tumors:

  • Transnasal pituitary tumors
  • Schwannomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Malignant primary tumors
  • Metastatic tumors

In addition to brain tumors, we also treat skull-based lesions.

Spine care

Our neurosurgeons work hand-in-hand with spine surgeons to provide care for acute and chronic conditions affecting the spine. Our spine care services include nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy and pain management and minimally invasive procedures. We also treat spine tumors through our cancer care program.

Neurosurgical care

Sometimes, surgery may be required to properly treat your condition. Our team of surgeons performs:

  • Neurosurgical oncology
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Surgical treatment of cranial conditions, including craniotomies
  • Vascular neurosurgery
Robot-assisted neurosurgery

Neurosurgery is delicate and requires exactness. This is why our surgeons use robotic surgery to perform certain procedures. Robot-assisted technology is completely controlled by your surgeon and allows for planned, precise movements during surgery.

Our neurological care team

Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, vascular surgeons, neurologists, emergency physicians and radiologists.

We also have a nursing unit dedicated to caring for patients with neurological conditions. The nursing team works closely with physicians and other team members to provide close monitoring and specialized treatment.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Patients may require continued care through physical therapy and rehabilitation following a neurosurgical procedure or a neurosurgical diagnosis. Our inpatient rehab team includes licensed occupational, physical and speech therapists who aid patients in their recoveries. Rehab helps patients relearn daily living activities and regain strength.

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