First-Class Neurological Care
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you and your loved one can count on receiving the finest care and treatment. With the expertise of a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team, and cutting-edge technology, our neurological services are designed to provide our patients and their families the best in diagnostic services and treatment.
Our neurosciences professionals diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves and muscles. Commonly treated neurological diseases include stroke, epilepsy, sleep disorders, headache and related pain syndromes, as well as infections of the nervous system involving nerves and/or muscles.
Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Interventional Radiologists, ICU Intensivists on call 24/7
Regional is recognized as a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Regional Medical Center Neurosurgery is made up of a team of Neurosurgeons, and a supporting Nurse Practitioner (NP). This team approach is augmented by the latest technologies in the operating room.
The Neurosurgery team includes neurosurgeons with specialized skills in Stereotactic Neurosurgery. Sophisticated imaging techniques are used to accurately identify the positions and dimensions of lesions. Innovative Brainlab Neurosurgery stereotactic equipment has been added to the neurosurgical operating rooms space. As a result of Regional Medical Centers' continuous drive to introduce new technologies (all 10 of the top ranked hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the US, according to US News & World Report, use Brainlab surgical navigation technology). Brainlab Cranial Software is designed for both routine and complex surgical procedures. This technology assists the surgeons in determining the best approaches for Stereotactic Neurosurgery intervention. In addition, there is a dedicated team of nurses and therapists who specialize in the care of neurological patients.
The Neuro Rehabilitation Physiatrists and a team of dedicated physical and occupational therapy practitioners, as well as speech and language pathologists support the Neurosurgical patients’ recovery.
Our Epilepsy program offers support to those patients who have been diagnosed with Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurologic condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. Regional Medical Center’s team of two board certified epileptologists and neurodiagnostic staff offer EEG and EEG monitoring on a 24/7 basis. We offer comprehensive epilepsy diagnostic and treatment protocol plans.
Neurovascular is a medical subspecialty involving the treatment of diseases related to the blood vessels of the central nervous system. Regional's team of neurologists offer a multidisciplinary approach to support patient recoveries from brain aneurysms, brain tumors and other neurovascular problems of the brain and spinal cord. Comprehensive medical evaluation techniques and individualized treatment plans are also integral to achieving the best patient results.
Having state-of-the-art diagnostic and monitoring equipment is a critical piece to providing excellent patient care. Regional's specialized equipment includes advanced microscopes and technology that allow neurosurgeons and physicians to easily navigate the brain during surgery.
- Intraoperative CT
- Arteriovenous Malformation (AVMs) - Occurs when blood vessels in the brain are tangled together and do not travel in their own path. Normal blood flow in the brain has veins and arteries flow in separate paths - not intertwined. An untreated AVM can cause serious health complications including neurological deficits, seizures or compressive damage to surrounding brain tissue.
- Brain Aneurysm - Cerebral aneurysms are abnormal dilation of the blood vessels on or around the brain. The greatest threat caused by an aneurysm is that it will burst and cause a stroke or life-threatening massive bleeding (hemorrhage). If an aneurysm ruptures, the patient must be treated immediately to increase their chance of survival. Even if a rupture does not occur, a large aneurysm can impede circulation and contribute to the formation of blood clots. Brain aneurysms are typically the result of a congenital (inherited) weakness in artery walls. Smoking can increase a person's risk of developing a cerebral aneurysm.
- Brain Tumor - A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue found inside the skull. Brain tumors are categorized as either non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). A cancerous tumor is life threatening because it consists of cancer cells. A non-cancerous tumor may also be life threatening if it is located in a vital area of the body. There are two categories of brain tumors:
- Primary brain tumor - starts in the brain.
- Metastatic (secondary) brain tumor - occurs when cancer cells from other parts of the body, such as the lungs, kidneys, breasts and skin, spread to the brain.
- Stroke - A stroke is a type of brain injury that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or a vessel bursts. How a stroke affects a person depends on the part of the brain in which the injury occurs. After a stroke, a person may have a weakness on one side of the body or trouble with moving, talking or thinking. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Regional's Interventional Radiologists and team of physicians specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed while using imaging guidance. Interventional radiology procedures are an advance in medicine that replaces some open surgical procedures. In general, interventional radiology is easier for the patient because it involves no large incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.
- Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
- Carotid Stenting ‐ Extracranial (Brachiocephalic) Angioplasty
- Intracranial Angioplasty
- Vasospasm Treatment
- Cerebral Angiogram/stenting/balloon angioplasty
- Cerebral Thrombectomy-blood clot removal
- Cerebral Coiling- controlling bleeding from hemorrhagic stroke
- Angiography - an angiographic unit used for the diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease. Features include enhanced digital imaging, which allow visualization of the vascular system from any angle and virtual navigation within the blood vessels.
- Embolization - a method of projecting small particles or glues to cut off abnormal blood vessels for the purpose of decreasing bleeding during surgery.
- Endovascular Therapy - a neurointerventionalist specializes in the diagnosis and endovascular treatment of cerebral, head, neck and spinal vascular injuries, neoplasias (formation of tumors) and other disorders.
Regional’s Neuro ICU is staffed 24 X 7 by Neuro Intensivists (physicians with neurocritical care privileges, additional level of training, and certification in critical care medicine) This unit is dedicated to treating stroke patients and patients with other neurological injuries or diseases.