Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates offers comprehensive treatment of disorders related to nerves that are outside the brain or spinal cord. The peripheral nerves can be damaged by disease and trauma. There are actually more than 100 types of peripheral nerve disorders.
Movement disorders are highly complex and require a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Our neurosurgeons provide advanced surgical options to appropriate candidates for managing these symptoms of these disorders.
Conditions we treat include:
- Parkinson's Disease
- Carpal Tunnel
Minimally Invasive Solutions
For over 50% of patients who are not good candidates for resective surgery, implantation of a vagal nerve stimulator may significantly improve seizure control.The neurosurgeons of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates continue to offer advanced surgical options to alleviate epilepsy including temporal lobectomy, extra-temporal resections, corpus callosotomy and hemispherectomy. However, when surgery is not practical, our practice offers an effective alternative.
A vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) may be the solution for some of these individuals. For over 50% of patients who are not good candidates for resective surgery, implantation of a left vagal VNS may significantly improve seizure control. A VNS serves as a type of programmable pacemaker for the vagus nerve in the neck. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has implanted these devices in patients ranging in age from six months to 40 years. After surgery, the patients’ neurologists follow them closely to make the necessary adjustments in stimulation parameters. While practice neurosurgeons feel this is an important part of their armamentarium against epilepsy, VNS results in complete freedom from seizures in only 10% to 15% of patients.