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Neurosurgery is the specialty concerned with the surgical treatment of diseases of the nervous system composed of the brain, spinal cord and spinal column, as well as the nerves that travel through all parts of the body. Modern day neurosurgery, however, is very different from what has been seen earlier. Among medical specialties, neurosurgery is, by far one of the most technically advanced. There is virtually no area of the brain where lesions cannot be approached with a high degree of safety and accuracy with modern techniques like image-guided surgery. The advent of techniques of minimally invasive surgery have contributed to a much shorter hospital stay and heightened patient comfort, while maximizing the efficacy of the procedure.
The Department of Neurosurgery at AIMS is fully equipped to perform all types of surgeries for a wide range of illnesses. These include:
A large number of diseases previously considered untreatable or unsuitable for surgery are now being routinely managed with a high probability of success. This include diseases like epilepsy, which were earlier treated only with medicines. There have been several exciting advances in the treatment of malignant brain tumours, spinal cord injuries, stroke, chronic pain, and severe head trauma that have significantly improved the results of treatment. The department is well-supported by other clinical services including Radiology, Neurology, Oncology, Head and Neck surgery, Endocrinology and Pathology.
The management of entire spectrum of brain tumors including benign and malignant tumors are routinely done. This include the most advanced techniques used to preserve functional integrity of the brain and spine including functional MRI, neuronavigation for image-guided surgery, awake surgery for brain tumours, intraoperative electrophysiology like sensory, motor-evoked potential monitoring and corticography.
Ours is one of the few centers in Kerala treating abnormalities of the blood vessels of the brain and spine. This includes aneurysms and vascular malformation of complex types.
Age related and other degenerative conditions of the spine like disc prolapse, spondylolisthesis, complex craniovertebral junction anomalies and other conditions of the vertebral column like traumatic spine fractures are routinely treated here. The treatment options we offer range from routine microdiscectomies to artificial disc replacement surgeries of the lumbar and cervical spine. Spinal stabilization which includes various types of complex instrumentation at all spinal levels is routinely performed for a variety of conditions.
Various spinal tumors including meningiomas, schwannomas, ependymomas, gliomas etc are treated using most advanced intraoperative monitoring modalities to give an optimal outcome and maximize functional recovery.
Disorders like congenital hydrocephalus, spina bifida and tethered cord are treated . Congenital craniofacial anomalies are managed in conjunction with the Departments of Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery.
The neurosurgical trauma care attend to wide range of brain and complex spine trauma which usually need emergent surgical treatment.
The department is supported by state-of-the-art dedicated neurosurgical operation theaters equipped with
The availability of all associated departments under a single roof makes the management of most malignancies easier for the patient and physician. There is a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary approach to treat the patient, with tumor board meetings being held regularly to discuss the cases and decide the best management options for the patient.
|Neurooncology and cerebrovascular surgery clinic||Tuesday and Thursday|
|Hydrocephalus and spina bifida clinic||Monday|
|Paediatric Neurosurgery Clinic||Saturday|
|Low backache and degenerative spine clinic||Tuesday|
|Spine tumor and trauma clinic||Friday|
|Brachial plexus clinic||Every Thursday||Combined clinic with Neurology, Plastic surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The clinic sees patients with peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries and nerve entrapment syndromes. Offers comprehensive diagnosis, multidisciplinary management and rehabilitation.|
|Epilepsy clinic||Every Tuesday||Combined clinic with Neurology|
|Hydrocephalus clinic||Once a month Saturday||Combined clinic with Neurology, Physical Medicine and Radiology|
|Phakomatosis clinic||Twice a month on alternate Tuesdays||Combined clinic with Neurology, Plastic surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The clinic sees patients with phakomatosis syndromes including neurofibromatosis, von Hippel Lindau syndrome etc. Offers family screening, comprehensive management and counseling.|
|Neuroendocrine meet||Last Thursday of every month||Combined clinic with Endocrinology. Discusses patients with pituitary tumours and other lesions affecting endocrine function. Offers comprehensive diagnosis and multidisciplinary management.|
|Neuroradiology meet||Every Wednesday||Combined clinic with Neurology and Radiology|
|Tumour Board||Every Tuesday||Combined clinic with Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology and Radiology. Discusses tumour cases seen or operated in the past one week to plan further management. Offers comprehensive diagnosis and multidisciplinary management.|
|Clinical Pathological Correlation meet||Every alternate Saturday||Combined clinic with Pathology and Radiology|
|Craniofacial Clinic||Every Thursday||Combined clinic with Craniomaxillofacial Surgery The clinic sees children with craniosynostosis, complex craniofacial deformities and craniofacial trauma. Offers comprehensive multidisciplinary management including counseling.|