Treatment Options

If you have a neurological condition, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s neurosurgeons can help. Our neurosurgeons are world-renowned experts in diagnosing and treating common and complex neurological conditions.

There are several treatment options for neurosurgical conditions. The treatment you receive depends on your condition and the best way to access the area and treat the condition.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Despite having “surgery” in its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive technique in which high doses of radiation beams are delivered to a tumor or lesion in a concentrated, extremely precise manner. Many beams of radiation – more than 100 – can be directed at a tumor from different angles. The beams destroy the tumor or lesion but minimize risk to the surrounding healthy tissue. Each beam is weak and causes little damage when entering your body.

UT Southwestern uses several stereotactic technologies, including Gamma Knife, Cyberknife, and Perfection, a new technology that can treat more than one side of the body at a time. Stereotactic therapy usually can be done on an outpatient basis.

Endovascular Surgery

A minimally invasive procedure in which surgeons access certain areas by guiding small catheters through large blood vessels in the body. Surgeons use endovascular surgery to insert balloons, stents, or coils in blood vessels or arteries. Neurosurgeons often use this procedure to place a smell metal coil in a vessel of the brain to seal off an aneurysm, to open blocked arteries of the neck, or to treat vascular malformations, for example.

Open Surgery

A procedure that involves cutting into the head. Neurosurgeons cut a small flap of bone from the skull, open the brain coverings, and access the area of concern. The bone is replaced and the incision is closed.

With any surgical technique, neurosurgeons use the smallest incision possible. For you, that means less discomfort, quicker healing, and less time in the hospital.