Department of Neurosurgery
At Huntington Hospital, we treat a wide range of neurosurgical conditions, with physicians on call at all hours of the day and inpatient physician assistant coverage around the clock. Our specialists are at the forefront of research and technology, providing you with both the technology and experience necessary to treat neurosurgical diagnoses in areas including general neurosurgery, brain tumors, skull-base reconstructive spinal surgery (complex scoliosis and fractures) and minimally invasive spine surgery. As part of Northwell Health’s Concussion Program, Huntington Hospital also treats children seven years of age or older, providing local concussion care to patients.
We also offer a novel technology called NICO BrainPath. Our neurosurgeons are the only team in the area using this minimally invasive surgical technique, which allows the surgeon to remove brain tumors that were once inoperable; it can also be used to remove blood clots and other growths deep in the brain. BrainPath allows neurosurgeons to operate without cutting white matter in the brain, which is the tissue that controls functional and cognitive responses. For this reason, the part of the brain responsible for speech, memory, vision and other functions are avoided during surgery altogether or significantly minimized.
Huntington Hospital is also home to the O-arm, a gold-standard imaging device used in the operating room. The O-arm performs a 15 to 20 second scan sequence that generates a three-dimensional (3D) computer model of the spine. During spine surgery, the neurosurgeon refers to the monitors, which provides real-time verification of the location of surgical tools and implants with submillimeter accuracy.
Other benefits of O-arm:
- Reduces radiation exposure with a single scan
- Allows for the neurosurgeon to take advantage of the 3D modeling to place a virtual screw
- Provides increased efficiency resulting in shorter anesthesia time
- Reduces the risk of revision or second surgery
With experienced neurosurgeons, 24/7 inpatient physician assistant coverage and CT and MRI technicians on call, the Division of Neurosurgery at Huntington Hospital offers a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, including: