Brain and neurological services in Aurora

At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), we offer testing and treatment for the most complex brain and nervous system conditions. Our neurosciences program includes award-winning stroke care, neurorehabilitation services and the Colorado Chiari Institute. Our neurologists and neurosurgeons in Aurora use the latest imaging technology to determine the right diagnosis and treatment for each patient.

Diagnostic neurological procedures

Our staff is experienced in diagnosing a variety of brain and nerve conditions. The diagnostic procedures we offer include:

  • Brain endoscopy
  • Cine flow study
  • Comprehensive stroke diagnostics
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electroneurodiagnostics (including electroencephalograms, long-term EEG video monitoring, evoked potentials and nerve conduction studies)
  • Intraoperative angiography
  • Intraoperative 3D brain imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Transcranial doppler
  • Transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Ultrasound of the carotid arteries

Neurological treatments we offer

Our team is experienced in the following neurological treatments and conditions:

  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and endovascular embolization
  • Brain aneurysm clippings, coilings
  • Brain mapping
  • Microvascular decompression (relieves abnormal compression of a cranial nerve)
  • Surgical chiari 1 malformation treatment
  • Tumor removal
  • Vagal nerve stimulator placement (prevents seizures by sending electrical energy to the brain)
  • Meningioma (tumor that forms on membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord)
  • Astrocytoma (cancer originating in glial cells)
  • Glioblastoma multiforme (tumor affecting the brain or spine)
  • Stroke, transient ischemic attack
  • Aphasia (disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate)

Headache disorders

We provide comprehensive assessments, diagnostic tools, patient education and medication management tailored to your needs for:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Exertional headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Psuedotumor cerebri (intracranial hypertension)
  • Sinus headaches
  • Tension headaches

Movement disorders

Our team of skilled providers, including neuropsychologists, address cognitive problems and provide patient and family education for:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease

While there are no cures for these diseases, we help manage and fine-tune medications for each patient to reduce symptoms as much as possible. For patients with Parkinson’s disease, we offer deep brain stimulation.

Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat neurological symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease. This procedure can help reduce tremors, rigidity, stiffness, walking problems and slowed movement. DBS is generally used for patients who have symptoms that can’t be controlled with medication. DBS does not damage healthy brain tissue, and it can be reversed. It can easily be adjusted as patient conditions change, and it decreases side effects caused by medications.

Seizure management and epilepsy program

At TMCA, we are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of epilepsy. Our electroneurodiagnostics laboratory allows our doctors to accurately diagnose seizure disorders. We also have experience working with women to help manage their seizures/epilepsy during pregnancy.

Brain and spinal cord injury prevention

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a head injury disrupts the normal function of the brain. These injuries range from mild (brief change in mental status/consciousness) to severe (extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after injury). Most TBIs are concussions.

Concussion treatment vs. concussion management

The best treatment for a concussion is rest. For student athletes, creating a support system is vital to concussion management. Adults at home, at school and on the field, should work together to alter the student athlete’s environment, maximizing concussion recovery.

The REAP (Reduce, Educate, Accommodate, Pace) Project helps student athletes and their support network understand how to modify the concussion recovery environment to prevent further injury and promote healing. Visit Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to learn more.

Brain injury support group

Our support group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the visitor/staff dining room at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, call (303) 363-5159.