The following clinical programs are offered by the Department of Neurosurgery at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin:
Acoustic Neuroma Program
A multidisciplinary team of specialists, including neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, neurologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and rehabilitation specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuromas. For most patients, partial or complete eradication of the tumor is necessary. Surgical options include microsurgery, stereotactic radiation therapy and fractionated radiosurgery. Dr. Grant Sinson is active in this program at Froedtert & The Medical College.
Acoustic Neuroma Program at Froedtert & The Medical College
Acoustic Neuroma Association
Brain Injury Program
Physicians work closely with nurses, technicians, social workers and other support staff to provide a continuum of care to patients with traumatic brain injury. The neurosurgeons provide medical management to these patients at the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and Acute Neurosurgery Unit of Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Grant Sinson and Dr. Michael McCrea are active in this program.
Specialized facilities are available to diagnose and treat tumors of the nervous system. A multidisciplinary Adult Brain Tumor Clinic involves collaboration between neurosurgeons, radiotherapists and oncologists. Stereotactic facilities are available to allow biopsy and direct implantation of radioactive treatment sources. Dr. Grant Sinson and Dr. Wade Mueller provide neuro-oncology services.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic
A comprehensive pediatric brain tumor clinic is available at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Drugs and procedures not yet released for general use are available through membership in the Pediatric Oncology Group, a national research organization supported by the National Cancer Institute. The professional staff also collaborates in laboratory research of the Midwest Children's Cancer Center. Current projects include photodynamic therapy and studies of growth factors using molecular biological techniques. Treatment at this clinic is made easier due to the close proximity of the Ronald McDonald House and active family support groups. Dr. Bruce Kaufman, Dr. Sean Lew and Dr. Andrew Foy provide pediatric neurosurgical services at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
There is hope for people with epilepsy, who continue to have seizures regularly despite medication therapy. The Froedtert The Medical College Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is dedicated to helping people with unusual seizures or seizure disorders that cannot be controlled with currently approved medication. It is the only such center in southeastern Wisconsin and is one of about 100 such programs in the world offering sophisticated diagnostic workups and treatment that make high success rates possible.
The comprehensive Epilepsy Program offers a spectrum of treatment options from drug trial studies to surgery. Our results: Eight out of ten of the Epilepsy Program's patients achieve a 90% reduction in seizures. Patients are diagnosed and treated by a team of MCW physicians from the departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology. Diagnostic tests include long-term video EEG monitoring, high-range resolution MRI scans, brain SPECT scans and neuropsychological evaluation. Dr. Wade Mueller provides neurosurgical services for the Epilepsy Program.
Gamma Knife Program
The Gamma Knife has been in use worldwide for more than a decade and has been proven to be an effective tool in more than 80,000 radiosurgical treatments. Most often, it is used to treat brain tumors (malignant and nonmalignant), acoustic neuromas and blood vessel abnormalities in the brain. Dr. Wade Mueller and Dr. Grant Sinson spearhead the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Froedtert & The Medical College.
Movement Disorders Program
People with Parkinson's disease, who become unresponsive to drug therapies, may be candidates for surgical intervention. Neurosurgical options include a deep brain stimulator, pallidotomy and thalamotomy. Dr. Wade Mueller leads the multidisciplinary surgical team which provides surgical expertise to selected patients with Parkinson's disease.
Pediatric Neurosurgery Program
Children with these common diagnoses are treated by Dr. Bruce Kaufman
, Dr. Sean Lew
and Dr. Andrew Foy
at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
: hydrocephalus, spina bifida, benign and malignant brain tumors, brachial plexus birth injury, subdural and intracerebral hemorrhage, syringomyelia, scoliosis, benign and malignant spinal cord tumors, spinal disorders and spinal cord injury. Children's Hospital is the only pediatric trauma center in Wisconsin. The Pediatric Neurosurgery Outpatient Clinic is located in the nearby Children's Professional Building on campus.
A wide array of surgical management options is available for intracranial vascular lesions from the neurosurgical faculty with the diagnostic assistance of the neuroradiology department. They treat a large number of intracranial aneurysms, including posterior fossa lesions and other vascular anomalies each year. Neurosurgical specialists provide comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for patients who have had a stroke or other disease involving the cerebrovascular system.
Dr. Grant Sinson
provides neurosurgical services in the Stroke Program. Froedtert & The Medical College established the Stroke program in 1995.
Spinal Fractures and Spinal Cord Injury Center
Members of the Department of Neurosurgery have developed extensive expertise and are nationally recognized in the management of spinal trauma. The Spinal Cord Injury Center is a regional referral center for the management of spinal injury and disorders. The Center provides comprehensive surgical, nonsurgical and rehabilitation care to individuals with spinal trauma, as well as spinal cord injury.
State-of-the-art intensive care, medical and surgical techniques are provided in the early phase of the program. In addition, rehabilitation specialists provide all therapies designed to enhance maximum recovery from spinal cord injury and return to the community.
SpineCare is an innovative diagnostic and treatment outpatient program for people with acute and subacute spinal disorders. Organized by Froedtert & The Medical College Department of Neurosurgery, this program was designed, based on years of experience, to navigate the maze of providers and treatment options. The transdisciplinary treatment team consists of neurosurgeons, physical medicine specialists, chiropractic physicians, as well as a full range of therapists and health care providers. The program emphasizes functional outcomes with treatment plans individualized for each patient.
at SpineCare led by Dr. David deDianous
, Medical Director,
practice collaboratively at SpineCare to offer surgical, medical and rehabilitative evaluations and treatment for patients with spine disorders.
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