Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute is a leader in back, neck, brain and spinal surgeries. People from around the region turn to us for excellent neurosurgical care. Our surgeons have fellowship training in neurosurgical specialties, such as brain tumors, cerebrovascular disorders (such as brain aneurysm or stroke) and spinal disorders (such as spinal stenosis or lumbar and cervical disk disease).
We use the most advanced technology to protect your brain and nerve function during surgery.
Why Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute is the right choice for your neurosurgery care
If you are facing back, neck, brain or spinal cord surgery, it’s natural to feel anxious. At the Neuroscience Institute, our neurosurgery team will be with you every step of the way. We discuss the procedure with you in detail and address your questions or concerns.
Our skilled neurosurgeons have years of experience performing intricate procedures and often use minimally invasive techniques so your recovery is smoother and faster.
When you come to us, you will find:
- Dedicated, expert surgeons: Many of our neurosurgeons are fellowship trained in specific specialties, including brain tumors, spinal tumors, cerebrovascular disorders and spinal disorders.
- Comprehensive care: We work with other team members to ensure you are receiving the full spectrum of care. We may work with neurologists, neuro-oncologists, endocrinologists and neuro-interventional radiologists.
- Advanced diagnostic care: Our neurologic diagnostic services encompass technologies that enable us to get detailed images of the brain and spinal structures so we can precisely plan surgery.
- Leader in navigated surgery: We use advanced imaging technology to create high resolution 3D pictures of the brain and spinal cord that will be used during surgery to protect sensitive areas. We have the region’s only intraoperative neuro-navigation imaging for spinal cords, which provides high-resolution, 3D images of the spinal cord during surgery. We also are a leader in intraoperative angiography during aneurysm surgery. This technology enables us to perform a safe, precise procedure.
- Commitment to minimally invasive techniques: We use minimally invasive surgery, including endoscopic procedures. These techniques use small incisions and miniature instruments so you have less scarring and an easier recovery.
Specialized brain tumor care
When you need surgery for a brain tumor, you can have confidence in the care you will receive from our team of multidisciplinary specialists at Lehigh Valley Health Network. If you have a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor, our neurosurgeons work collaboratively with your Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute oncology team. For nonmalignant (benign) brain tumors, such as schwannoma or pituitary tumors, the collaborative approach continues to ensure you will receive comprehensive care from a team of specialists who have experience with a wide range of brain tumors and have developed expertise in brain surgery. Learn more about brain tumors.
Our surgeons are involved in leading-edge clinical research for brain tumors, which may offer you additional opportunities for treatments that include radiation therapy, immunotherapy and/or chemotherapy, in conjunction with surgical care.
Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive procedures to remove brain tumors. These surgeries use smaller incisions and miniature instruments.
- High-resolution endoscopic surgery provides detailed visualization of the brain, so we can avoid harming healthy tissue.
- Awake craniotomy with speech mapping is the most precise way to remove a tumor. You remain awake, and we ask you to speak during surgery so we can protect the area of the brain responsible for speech. Craniotomy with motor mapping is the best way to avoid arm or leg weakness after surgery.
- Fluorescence-guided brain tumor resection (Gleolan®) is a surgical technique that uses an FDA-approved optical imaging agent called Gleolan® (aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride, ALA HCl). With fluorescence-guided resection, brain tumors and their vasculature are made visible with the combination of Gleolan® and a special microscope filter. Typically, brain tumors can have finger-like projections that interface with normal brain tissue. With fluorescence-guided resection, our neurosurgeons will be able to better identify tumor tissue that may be hidden within healthy brain tissue.
- Gamma Knife technology is a safe, precise option for treating even hard-to-reach brain tumors. Our team of neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists was the first in the area to offer this sophisticated technology and has specialty certification to perform the procedure.
You may have a spinal disorder that has not improved with nonsurgical treatment. Or perhaps you have a back injury from a trauma such as a car accident or sports injury. No matter what brings you to our spinal surgery team, we provide compassionate, comprehensive care.
We are experts in both minimally invasive and open surgical techniques. We offer a spine neuro-navigation system that lets us monitor your spinal cord during surgery. With this technology, we can protect sensitive areas of your spinal cord and provide the safest, most precise surgery possible. Our goal is to relieve your symptoms and restore function. We discuss your surgical options with you so you know what to expect before, during and after the surgery.
Spinal surgeries we perform include kyphoplasty for spine compression fractures, lumbar and cervical disk disease surgery, sciatica surgery, spinal instability surgery, spinal stenosis surgery, spine surgery for disorders or trauma, and spondylolisthesis.
Surgery for neurological conditions
You will receive excellent surgical care for a range of neurological conditions:
- Cerebrovascular surgery – LVHN is a regional leader in brain aneurysm, stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM) care.
- Skull base disorders surgery – We treat a range of skull base disorders, including vascular, non-pituitary brain tumors and pituitary brain tumors. We often use endoscopic endonasal surgery to remove tumor through the nose.
- Trigeminal neuralgia surgery – When conservative methods do not offer relief from the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, we offer an advanced technique called microvascular decompression surgery as well as Gamma Knife radiation therapy.
- Movement disorders surgery – Symptoms of movement disorders, including essential tremor, cervical dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, may be improved by neurosurgery.
Neurostimulation for back pain
We perform the procedure that implants a neurostimulator device that helps you find relief from chronic back pain.
Hoffman Family Deep Brain Stimulation Program
If you have a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, you may benefit from deep brain stimulation (DBS), a treatment that sends a mild electrical current to a specific part of your brain to control your symptoms.
We also provide skilled pediatric neurosurgery for children with spinal conditions or brain tumors. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center that offers urgent care for children with spinal or brain trauma.
After having neurosurgery for brain tumor or other neurological conditions, our neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) will provide post-surgery care. We have the only NSICU in the region. This unit is staffed by fellowship-trained neurocritical care physicians and certified neuroscience nurses who provide excellent, evidence-based care after surgery.
Many patients also benefit from rehabilitation following neurosurgery. Our rehabilitation for spine and neurological conditions program offers both inpatient rehabilitation, as well as outpatient rehabilitation services