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Neuroscience

The neuroscience division at Virginia Hospital Center relies on advanced diagnostic and operative technologies for the treatment of a broad range of medical problems, including:

  • Functional neuroscience—trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasms, chronic pain, spasticity, Chiari Malformations, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Neuro-Degenerative disorders—Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia
  • Neuro-Immunologic disorders—multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Neuro-Trauma—brain trauma, spinal cord trauma, neurovascular trauma
  • Neuro-Vascular disorders—the full range of endovascular (via groin) and open surgical options are offered for neurovascular disorders including stroke, intracranial bleeding, intracranial vessel blockage, cerebral and ruptured aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs), carotid cavernous fistulas (CCFs), subarachnoid hemorrhage, carotid artery blockage, carotid balloon angioplasty/stenting, Moya Moya Disease, brain bypass surgery for ischemia or flow replacement, and spinal angiography
  • Neurological cancers—malignant brain tumors, metastatic tumors, meningiomas, skull base tumors, pituitary tumors, and spinal tumors; treatment options include endoscopic surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Neuromuscular disorders—myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Pain syndromes—headache, chronic neck and back pain, degenerative spinal conditions
  • Seizure disorders—epilepsy and other kinds of seizures
  • Spine conditions—neck and back pain, degenerative spine disease, deformity, scoliosis, complex spinal instrumentation, minimally-invasive spine stabilization

Sid Chandela, MDThose patients whose conditions require surgery have both minimally-invasive and traditional, "open" neurosurgery options available to them at Virginia Hospital Center. Among the Hospital's neurosurgical experts is the Director of Neurovascular Surgery, Sid Chandela, MD, who is trained in both endovascular and open procedures and is the only endovascular neurosurgeon in Northern Virginiaand one of just 90 practicing in the United States.

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  • Today, many forms of neurosurgery can be performed with the tiniest of incisions, using endoscopic techniques to obliterate tumors and treat vascular anomalies - often resulting in faster recoveries and a lower risk of complications for patients.

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