WVU’s Neurosurgeons provide advanced care to adults and children with disorders of the:

  • Brain, carotid, and vertebral arteries
  • pituitary gland
  • spine and spinal cord
  • cranial and spinal nerves
  • autonomic nervous system

Expert treatment is given for spinal degenerative disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, neoplasms, and trauma.

Our faculty includes skilled surgeons at the forefront of new techniques in skull-base surgery, advanced stroke care, epilepsy surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, pain, and functional disorders.

State-of-the-art technology

WVU’s Center for Advanced Imaging offers state-of-the-art equipment that enables surgeons to diagnose and treat problems with a high degree of accuracy. This includes PET and a 3-Tesla MRI, which are twice as powerful as former MRIs. Three-dimensional angiography allows for better visualizations of complex aneurysms. Other technologies include a surgical aspirator and an 80-watt laser.

The Gamma Knife uses focused radiation to destroy lesions with pinpoint accuracy, while avoiding damage to surrounding tissue.

Advanced techniques

Our surgeons are skilled in the latest microsurgical techniques to treat aneurysms and AVMs, as well as pituitary, acoustic, and skull-base tumors in difficult-to-reach areas. Working with interventional neuro-radiologists, some lesions can be treated via blood vessels using catheters.

Patients can benefit from new advanced treatments, including those in clinical trials.

Treatments we perform include:

  • Microsurgery of the brain and spine including the use of computer and endoscopic guidance
  • Treatment for benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Surgery for spine trauma
  • Surgery for acoustic neuromas
  • Surgery for pituitary disorders
  • Surgery for spinal cord tumors
  • Surgery for hydrocephalus
  • Surgery for epilepsy
  • Dorsal root entry zone lesions
  • Cranial-facial reconstruction
  • Deep brain spinal cord, vagal nerve, and peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Surgery for trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia – WVU Medicine Health Report