The Neurosciences Institute is a progressive leader in diagnosing, treating, and caring for injuries and illnesses of the brain, spine, and nerves. Staffed by a highly experienced team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, nurses, technicians, and rehabilitation specialists, we use the latest advances in medical technology to relieve discomfort, speed recovery, and minimize inpatient stays.
The Neurosciences Institute offers leading-edge diagnostic imaging and advanced medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care for a wide range of neurological disorders, including:
- Acute and Chronic Pain. Acute and chronic pain is defined as long-term, severe physical discomfort, including neck pain and back pain.
- Alzheimer’s Disease. This disorder of the brain causes dementia, which is the degeneration of intellectual functions, such as memory.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a motor neuron disease that causes muscle weakness and atrophy.
- Brain Tumors. A brain tumor is an abnormal mass of cells that may spread to other parts of a body.
- Cerebrovascular Issues. Cerebrovascular issues such as aneurysms and embolisms can be the product of hypertension, smoking, and diabetes.
- Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition characterized by spontaneous seizures.
- Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system thought to be the result of a malfunction in the immune system. This progressive disease causes loss of myelin (the fatty substance that covers and protects nerves) in the brain or spinal cord and can cause deterioration in muscle strength, eyesight, speech, and movement.
- Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system caused by the decay of dopamine-producing brain cells.
- Spinal Disorders. Spinal disorders are the disturbance of normal functioning of the spinal column and/or spinal cord.
- Stroke. Strokes occur when blood stops flowing to the brain. Conditions resulting from a stroke may include the loss of consciousness, speech, or partial movement.
- Trauma. Traumas are serious neurological injuries caused by unexpected situations including automobile accidents. Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include dizziness or vertigo, headaches or migraines, and confusion.
To diagnose and treat various conditions, the Neurosciences Institute uses a number of advanced technologies, including:
- 64-slice CT scanning
- Autonomic testing
- EEG monitoring (including 24-hour and video EEG)
- Nuclear medicine
- Open 1.5 tesla MRI scanning
- PET/CT scanning
Specialized Centers and Clinics
To help our patients receive the best care, the Neurosciences Institute includes several specialized centers and clinics:
- ALS Clinic
- Concussion Clinic
- MS Care Center
- Neuromuscular Clinic
- Pain Management Center
- Spasticity Clinic
- Stroke Center
The Spasticity Clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center provides comprehensive medical evaluation of patients with spasticity and carefully planned treatments to improve their physical function.
Intervention and Surgery
The Neurosciences Institute serves as the home base for some of the top neurological experts in the country. Our neurosurgeons have trained at some of the finest teaching hospitals and have performed thousands of procedures, including:
- Artificial lumbar and cervical disc implants
- Intradiscal electrothermal therapy
- Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty for compression fractures
- Minimally invasive lumbar surgery
- Spinal fusion
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
Endovascular Neurosurgery Hybrid Suite
Endovascular neurosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed through a catheter in the groin. Because it is not an open surgery, patients usually recover faster and have fewer complications. Plus, this advanced surgical technique can be used in cases in which an open procedure is too risky.
Our hybrid suite has everything necessary for both endovascular and open surgical procedures. The suite is designed to be adaptable and allows our neurosurgeons to use a flexible, combined approach, if necessary. And since the suite has everything the surgical team needs in one place, our team can switch from an endovascular procedure to open surgery in about 15 minutes.
In addition to aneurysm repairs, the hybrid suite is used to treat other complex neurological and vascular conditions and perform operations including:
- Arterial stenosis
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas
- Cerebral revascularization
- Minimally invasive spine surgery
- Vascular tumors
- Vasospastic arteries
The Neurosciences Institute’s rehabilitation program begins the first day of the patient’s stay, where we provide education and therapy modalities patients need to return to the community. Our program consistently exceeds national benchmarks for patient care and includes:
- A balance program
- A driver rehabilitation program
- Home care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
- Work injury training
Ratings and Designations
The Joint Commission:
- Certificate of Distinction in Disease-Specific Care for Primary Stroke Treatment
- Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke Care
Neurophysiology EEG Laboratory
American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET):
- Laboratory Accreditation Board Certified through 2014
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri:
- Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery
For more information about the Neurosciences Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center, call 573–331–5901.