Medical Specialty: Neurosurgery
Trinity's neurosurgery center is one of the foremost centers in the Northern Plains. Led by Charles B. Stillerman, MD, a board certified neurosurgeon, the program uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide a complete range of services for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with head, neck and spinal disorders.
Of special note: Dr. Stillerman specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including minimally invasive spinal fusion and stabilization surgery. He has been in the forefront of developing minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery for the past two decades.
Peripheral Nerve Surgery
For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. - Decompresses or releases pressure on the median nerve of the wrist. Eases pain, numbness, grip weakness, tingling and other symptoms associated with carpal tunnel.
Ulnar Nerve Transposition. - Releases ulnar nerve which has "crossed over" the elbow and become entrapped, producing arm and elbow pain.
Shunt Placement - Promotes normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid which has become blocked due to brain swelling, tumor, or disruption in fluid reabsorption pathways from blood or other debris. Alleviates increased intracranial pressure and lessens threat of hydrocephalus or excess water within the head.
Stereotactic Brain Biopsy - Use of stereotactic frame device to pinpoint exact location of a lesion for diagnostic biopsy. A small probe is passed directly into the lesion and the specimen is removed.
Specific Neurosurgery Procedures
For removal or resection of brain tumors, including glioma and meningioma.
For removal of pituitary tumors Dr. Stillerman offers the Transsphenoidal Approach, a minimally invasive procedure which removes pituitary tumors through an incision in the nasal passage.
For resection/clipping of cerebral aneurysms or artero-venous malformations. These are disorders of the blood vessels of the brain.
For surgical management of intractable epilepsy. This involves resection of a portion of the temporal lobe of the brain in patients whose epileptic focus is from the temporal lobe. Extensive testing is required to determine which patients are candidates for this procedure.
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