Neurosurgeons in St. Petersburg, Florida

The Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital offers a full range of services for the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke and other neurological disorders. Our advanced neurological care approach gives hope to patients with health conditions that affect the brain, spine and nervous system.

For more information about our neurological services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 598-9586.

We provide an advanced level of care that is typically only found at an academic medical center. Our board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists work together to deliver high-quality treatment.

Neurological conditions treated

Our neuroscience center's expert physicians and staff are prepared to treat the following conditions:

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peripheral nerve disorder
  • Spinal conditions
  • Stroke

Nationally recognized stroke care

We are always working to improve our promptness and ability to meet our patients' needs. Some examples of the unique aspects of our stroke care program include:

  • Our Neuroscience Institute provides support and education to patients and their families as they undergo treatment.
  • Our teleneurology program is available 24/7 to diagnose stroke.
  • Our interventional neuroradiology program offers minimally invasive treatment options for stroke, aneurysms and carotid artery occlusions.

Our commitment to excellent stroke treatment has received regional and national recognition. Some examples include:

  • We are certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) Healthcare.
  • American Health Care Association (AHCA) designated us a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • We were awarded the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

Neurodiagnostic services

We offer advanced imaging and diagnostic services to diagnose neurological conditions quickly and effectively.

Some of our diagnostic services include:

  • Cerebral angiogram
  • Computed tomography (CT) angiography
  • CT perfusion
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Teleneurology

Teleneurology program

To improve patient access to neurology expertise, we offer remote telemedicine physician services. Our teleneurology program allows our physicians to assist patients within minutes after stroke symptoms occur.

Neurological treatments offered

We are proud to provide advanced, minimally invasive treatment options, including:

  • AVM embolization—This minimally invasive procedure involves the insertion of a catheter into the site of the AVM. Then, a glue-like substance is delivered to eliminate blood flow to the malformation.
  • Carotid artery stenting—This minimally invasive procedure can be used to open narrowed carotid arteries. A catheter is inserted and advanced into the carotid artery, which can then be opened and/or stented.
  • Cerebral aneurysm coiling—Aneurysm coiling involves the insertion of a catheter to the site of the aneurysm. Tiny wires are then used to fill the aneurysm, cutting off the blood flow to the clot and preventing rupture.
  • Computer-navigated, minimally invasive cranial and spinal procedures—The specialists in our neuroscience center and orthopedic program work together to treat cranial and spinal conditions using advanced procedures. These procedures offer patients many advantages, such as reduced downtime and smaller incisions.
  • Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA)—A t-PA is a drug that can be injected into the bloodstream to dissolve the blood clot causing a stroke.
  • Non-surgical treatment—Some neurological and spinal conditions may be treated with medicine and/or physical therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Non-adhesive liquid application—This is a liquid plastic polymer that is inserted into an aneurysm to fill the space. It then hardens, cutting off the blood flow to prevent rupture of the aneurysm.
  • Shunt insertions—Shunts can be used to remove the pressure on the brain caused by excess fluids. In this procedure, a physician places a narrow piece of tubing into the fluid-filled ventricle, which allows the fluid to pass into another area of the body.

Cerebral aneurysm diagnosis and treatment

An aneurysm is a widening or ballooning of an artery. When this occurs in the brain, it is called a cerebral aneurysm. We diagnose and treat cerebral aneurysms with state-of-the-art technologies and one of the area's leading interventional neuroradiologists.

Our interventional neuroradiologists work to reduce the growth of aneurysms before they burst or leak. First, a cerebral angiogram is performed to check for aneurysms. If an aneurysm is detected, the physician may proceed with one of two minimally invasive options: cerebral aneurysm coiling or non-adhesive liquid application

Brain aneurysm symptoms

The following symptoms could be a sign of a brain aneurysm or another medical condition. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Drooping eyelid
  • Numbness, sometimes on one side of the face or body
  • Pain behind the eye
  • Vision changes
  • Weakness on one side of the body or face

Most aneurysms do not cause symptoms until they leak or rupture. Symptoms of a ruptured or leaking aneurysm include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting

Neurointervention Suite

We are pleased to offer the community a state-of-the-art Neurointervention Suite for brain attacks and injuries. Our new biplane angiography equipment allows advanced neurovascular imaging.

With this technology, we can capture 3D neurovascular images to diagnose neurological conditions, such as cerebral aneurysms and vascular malformations. Another benefit of this equipment is that it reduces procedure time and radiation exposure.

With endovascular stroke treatment, the window of treatment time is extended from three to eight hours after the onset of symptoms. This technology allows us to use minimally invasive techniques to reopen obstructed blood vessels, reducing the after-effects of stroke.