Neurosurgery

Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi

CLINICAL SERVICES:

  • Benign and Malignant Brain Tumours
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Degenerative Conditions

 

Neurosurgical cases are treated in the Unit, with expertise in functional Neurosurgery and a dedicated centre for extrapyramidal diseases, obsessive-compulsive disorders and Tourette's syndrome. It deals with tremors, dystonia, in addition to the main pathology represented by Parkinson's disease.

 

Treatments

Treatments and Procedures 

Benign and malignant brain tumors are treated with microsurgical, endoscopic or stereotactic techniques and through the use of neuronavigational instruments.

The trigeminal neuralgia is surgically treated with open or percutaneous procedures.

DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) interventions are performed for movement and behaviour disorders, and spinal stimulation in chronic pain.

The Unit also treats degenerative diseases (cervical, dorsal and lumbar hernias or stenosis) and bone marrow tumors. Treatments of obstructive or normotensive hydrocephalus are carried out using endoscopic methods or using programmable valves. Surgery is performed on the peripheral nervous system.

Scientific and Teaching Activity

The Center for Extrapyramidal Diseases and Tourette is the only center in Italy recognized for the surgical treatment of the most severe cases of obsession-compulsion.

The Operative Unit of Neurosurgery actively collaborates with the Center of Extrapyramidal Diseases of the IRCCS Mondino Foundation of Pavia and with the most important Milanese universities for teaching activities.

Research

The Center is involved in several lines of research at the international level, producing a significant number of scientific publications on the most prestigious magazines in the world. The research activity is consecrated on Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome and other states of poor impulse control.

Conferences

The members of the Operational Unit of Neurosurgery actively participate as speakers at the most important international conferences related to extrapyramidal diseases in the broad sense, as well as those dedicated to spinal pathology.

Notable Advanced Technological Equipment

  • Intraoperative CT scan for DBS (Notably the only Centre in Italy and among the few in the world with this type of technology) and pathologies of the column
  • Intraoperative Fluorescence microscope