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Neurosurgeons Serving Virginia & West Virginia

Brain surgery is a procedure to treat problems in the brain and surrounding structures. Our team of neurosurgeons and healthcare professionals at Winchester Medical Center have the skill and expertise necessary, in addition to state of the art technology, to treat patients with a wide variety of disorders requiring brain surgery from diagnosis through rehabilitation.

Conditions that may require brain surgery provided at Winchester Medical Center include:

  • Brain tumor
  • Subdural hematoma (blood clot)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Brain abscess
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Intractable epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Intentional tremors
  • Hydrocephalus

Brain Tumors

Our team provides compassionate surgical services for patients diagnosed with primary and metastatic brain tumors, including gliomas, glioblastoma, meningiomas, metastatic tumors, and pituitary tumors. Using intraoperative brain mapping techniques, we are able to remove brain tumors in the safest manner possible. Otherwise “inoperable” tumors in highly eloquent areas of the brain can even be removed safely with an awake craniotomy.

What is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) delivers large doses of precisely-targeted radiation to small tumors once considered untouchable, sparing critical and healthy brain tissue. Winchester Medical Center offers stereotactic radiosurgery in partnership with University of Virginia Health System, providing a minimally invasive alternative or adjunct treatment to many brain tumors. SRS works in the same way as other forms of radiation treatment, destroying cancer cells and causing tumors to shrink.

A radiation oncologist and neurosurgeon oversee stereotactic procedures. Patients receive treatment in the WMC Radiation Therapy Department. Treatment of cranial or extra-cranial tumors requires a specially-fitted face mask or frame to immobilize and carefully position the patient’s head. Four-dimensional CT imaging, which captures the location of a tumor as well as its movement, helps the radiation oncologist, physicist, and other staff plan accurate treatment. A robotic couch facilitates the delivery of the targeted high-energy radiation beams from different angles.

WMC’s partnership with UVA Health System offers clinical and patient care advantages. By collaborating with nationally recognized leaders in stereotactic radiosurgery, this advanced non-surgical technology is available locally for patients who in the past would have had to travel out of the area for treatment.

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