Neurologists in Aventura
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's highly skilled neurosurgeons and neurologists use the latest technological advancements to treat patients experiencing strokes, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and other neurological diseases.
To learn more about our neurological care services, please call (305) 682-6677.
Neurological disorders and conditions we treat
From diagnostics to surgery, we treat a wide range of conditions in several different capacities, including:
- Head and spine trauma
- Cerebrovascular disorders
- Chronic neck, arm, leg and back pain
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Herniated disks
- Spinal deformation and tumors
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
Advanced spine care
Patients come to the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for diagnoses and treatment of a wide range of spine problems. Our multidisciplinary spine team works together to provide personalized plans of care for our patients.
Expert stroke care
Strokes are caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain. When blood flow is stopped for more than a few seconds, the brain cannot receive blood oxygen. This causes brain cells to die resulting in permanent damage.
As one of the only hospitals in Miami-Dade County to receive designation as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Agency for Health Care Administration, we provide patients with advanced stroke treatment. We offer the highest continuum of care, from diagnostics and preventive medicine to surgery and recovery.
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that damages the nerve cells that make dopamine. The brain chemical, dopamine, helps control muscle movement. When dopamine-producing nerve cells are destroyed, Parkinson's disease causes people to shake and affects their walking, movement and coordination.
Although Parkinson's disease can occur in younger adults, it mainly affects people 50 years and older and people with a family history of the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia. Dementia refers to a loss of brain function. The disease affects memory, behavior and thinking.
There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease, which are:
- Early onset AD—This type of Alzheimer's disease appears in patients 59 years and younger and progresses rapidly.
- Late onset AD—This type of Alzheimer's disease is the most common, and it develops in patients 60 years and older
Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, behavior, language and judgment.
This disease usually occurs in people of advanced age. This condition can be caused by the following conditions:
- Small strokes
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Huntington's disease
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Lyme disease
Epilepsy is a brain disorder where a person experiences repeated seizures or convulsions. The condition usually begins between the ages of 5 and 20 years old, but it can happen at any age.
There are a range of symptoms of this disorder, and each patient may experience a combination of them. Some symptoms include:
- Staring spells
- Loss of alertness
- Violent shaking
Brain tumors are defined as a growth or mass in the brain. Tumors can be benign (non cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). People with brain tumors have several options of treatment such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
The team at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers a comprehensive approach to treating brain tumors by successfully extracting brain tumors and continuing the plan of patient care through chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Our neurological specialists offer a range of treatments designed to address a variety of brain and spine disorders.
Neurological surgery or “neurosurgery” is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with injury to and diseases of the brain, spine or peripheral nerves.
When non-surgical care is not the best option, our neurosurgeons can perform a wide range of surgical procedures, including deep brain stimulation.
Deep brain stimulation
Deep brain stimulation is a surgical option for patients with tremors caused by Parkinson’s, essential tremor or multiple sclerosis. This treatment involves implanting a pacemaker that sends electrical impulses to inactivate the parts of the brain which cause symptoms.
Neurointervention is a sub-specialty of neuroscience which specializes in the treatment of neurological disorders using minimally invasive techniques with angiography machines.
Where neurosurgeons traditionally make an incision, a neurointerventionist can treat a disease endovascularly, or from within the blood vessels, by threading catheters to the brain and spinal cord.
Bleeding and coilings of aneurysms
Blood clots that cause cerebral hemorrhages can be removed using coilings, a minimally invasive endovascular procedure. Our surgeons use this procedure to isolate the aneurysm from the normal circulation without narrowing the main vessel or blocking off any arteries. This procedure is a very effective treatment for patients who have aneurysms.
Intracranial stenting is a procedure for patients who have had an aneurysm or have intracranial atherosclerotic disease. This procedure has provided major advancements in the endovascular treatment of wide-necked aneurysms by supporting coils used to fill an aneurysm or by diverting the blood flow away from an aneurysm. Stents provide the structure needed to a blood vessel to maintain healthy blood flow and reduce the risk of ruptures.
For our patients who have experienced a stroke or require a stroke prevention option, our neurosciences team can perform a minimally invasive procedure called carotid stenting. This procedure opens the clogged carotid arteries, which are the main arteries that supply blood to the brain.
This procedure may be recommended to patients who are not healthy enough to undergo conventional carotid surgery and/or patients with the following conditions:
- A history of heart problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Unstable angina
- A carotid artery with 70 percent blockage or more
- A history of stroke(s)
This noninvasive diagnostic procedure produces simultaneous, high quality images of the same area from contrasting angles. Used in conjunction with a cone-beam computed tomography (CT) scan, the biplane unit can also generate real-time, 3D views that enable physicians to perform complex, catheter-based vascular procedures, especially in the brain and other areas of the body with small, delicate blood vessels.
Embolization is a minimally invasive treatment which uses materials to block affected blood vessels and stop bleeding in order to shrink tumors or block aneurysms.
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) treatment
Approximately 90 percent of patients experiencing AVM survive with the correct treatment. We offer a combination treatments, including:
- Surgical removal (resectCartoid ion)
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Endovascular embolization
Our neurology team
Our dedicated neurology team works together to provide patients with the best continuum of care available. Some of our team members include:
- Neurologists—Diagnose and treat conditions of the nervous system
- Stroke neurologists—Diagnose and treat ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes
- Neurosurgeons—Perform surgery on every part of the nervous system
- Neuro-interventionists—Use a non-surgical, catheter-based approach (similar to cardiac catheterization for heart disease) to treat vascular (blood vessel) diseases that affect the nervous system
- Neuroradiologists—Use X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to diagnose diseases and disorders
- Radiation oncologists—Treat tumors and certain other disorders with radiation
Enhancing the multidisciplinary team are individuals who care for patients at the bedside and provide ongoing assessments of patients’ physical, rehabilitation and post-hospital needs. These specialists include:
- Neurosurgical physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Critical care nurses
- Physical and occupational therapists