Neuroscience at St. Charles centers on providing optimal care to Long Island residents with spine and brain disorders. St. Charles brings together the Hospital's spine and brain experts from several neuroscientific disciplines to form a team primed to deliver leading-edge technologies and treatment techniques.
St. Charles Hospital's team of spine and brain experts includes both physicians and surgeons who specialize in:
- Spine Surgery
- Parksinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
At St. Charles, Long Islanders are treated for a wide range of brain and spine disorders including:
- Back pain
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Brain and spinal cord tumors malignant and benign
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Headache – including migraine and cluster
- Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders
- Peripheral nerve diseases
- Concussion Management
- Stroke and aneurysms
Neuroscientific technologies and techniques offered at St. Charles include:
Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation is an interventional procedure where a lead, small thin wire, is inserted into the brain in the area where seizures occur. When there is a sudden burst of electrical activity in that area of the brain, called epileptic activity, an external neurostimulator sends electrical impulses along the lead into the brain to stop seizures. Deep brain stimulation is only performed when seizures do not respond to medication.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery can be an effective option for many patients suffering from a degenerative spine condition or injury. Surgery is performed through smaller incisions which reduces the risk of damage to other parts of the spine. Benefits for patients include smaller scars, less post-operative pain, and a shorter recovery time.
St. Charles Hospital's ThinkSMART! Concussion Management program offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating and managing concussion. Team members include emergency physicians, neurologists, neuropsychologists, orthopedists, sports medicine physicians, nurses, physical therapists and more. These clinicians have the experience and expertise to effectively manage concussions from the initial injury through the recovery phase, and ultimately, a safe return to physical activity.
tPA for Stroke
Patients arriving at St. Charles Hospital's Emergency Room with a potential stroke diagnosis are given immediate access to comprehensive diagnostic and treatment resources. If medically eligible, patients are administered the only FDA-approved thrombolytic agent (tPA) for treating ischemic stroke within the first three hours of the onset of symptoms. St. Charles Hospital is consistently recognized for its stroke care. St. Charles holds the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke, is the first Long Island hospital designated a Primary Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and has received a stroke quality award from American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association every year since 2009.
The Department of Neuropsychology at St. Charles Hospital offers a wide range of tests and assessments which evaluate behavior and cognition--the thought-processing activities of the brain.
For more information about Neuroscience at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.