minimally invasive surgery

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Advancements in technology now enable surgeons to perform spine surgery using minimally invasive techniques which result in less post-operative complications and quicker recovery time for patients. These procedures are faster, meaning less anesthesia and risk of infection, and they also offer less trauma to the muscles and soft tissues. While not always the case the physicians at GNI may treat the following conditions using minimally invasive techniques:

  • Degenerative Disc disease (DDD)
  • Herniated Discs
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral compression fractures

Additional benefits to minimally invasive techniques include post procedure re-cooperation at home for all the treatments performed at  GNI’s out-patient surgery center and the use of local anesthesia where possible meaning less risk of adverse reactions that can accompany general anesthesia.

Generally speaking, when procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques, smaller incisions are used along with microscopic video cameras to access the deep spinal area needing treatment. Additionally muscle movement and retraction are kept to a minimum allowing for less trauma to the area.

Brain Tumors

Georgia Neurosurgical Institute (GNI) is among the Southeast’s leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of disabilities of brain tumors among adults and children. All our physicians are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and have had extensive training in diagnosis and treatment:

  • Stereotactic-guided craniotomies – The region’s most advanced training, knowledge, skill and experience in the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors using techniques designed for minimal trauma to the brain.
  • Radiosurgery – Precision radiation treatment for otherwise inoperable brain tumors.

We evaluate and treat common problems after stroke and spinal cord injury, as well.

Surgery Center

Vascular surgery

Open surgical techniques include:

  • Craniotomies For microscopic treatment of vascular lessions.
  • Endovascular surgery – Treatment of vascular lession through the use of catheters, coils, balloons and stents accessed through an incision in the groin.
  • Vascular surgery – To treat aneurysms and arteriovascular malformations. We are the only practice in the region doing endovascular aneurysm coiling and precision radiosurgery for vascular malformations that may otherwise be inoperable. No incision, pain, blood, anesthesia or recovery time.
  • Radiosurgery – Precision radiation treatment for otherwise inoperable vascular lessions.
  • Treatment of trigeminal neuralgia  Includes microvascular decompression for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, sometimes done endoscopically.

We evaluate and treat common problems after stroke and spinal cord injury, as well.

Holistic Treatments

We also offer a broad range of neurological multidisciplinary assessments for the most accurate possible diagnosis, including:

  • Heart patients – The assessment and adjustment of heart patients, including LVAD patients.
  • Bariatric patients – The assessment and treatment of medical weight loss patients who are seeking bariatric surgery.
  • Neuropsychology – The cognitive aspects of Parkinson’s and the other movement disorders are often overlooked but can cause long-term loss of function in many patients. We help them deal with chronic pain.
  • Social work, faith & alternative medicine – Treating the whole person means actively considering the position of the patient in society, what social services are available that aren’t being used, caregiver needs, transportation problems, issues of faith and possible modes of alternative medicine that might be explored. With active partners to address these concerns, we’re one of the most comprehensive clinics in the Southeast.