We Can Perform Neurosurgery in Fort Collins, CO
Our Surgery Center Provides Comprehensive, Compassionate Care
Chronic conditions, like back and neck pain, are sometimes caused by a problem with the nervous system. If you suffer from a condition like this, you know just how difficult, uncomfortable, and even painful it can make daily life. But modern medicine has helped to find solutions to these conditions. At the Surgery Center of Fort Collins, we can perform neurosurgery to help treat the symptoms of chronic nervous conditions. Our doctors are skilled in diagnosing these conditions and developing appropriate treatment plans to ease your pain or discomfort. Please reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.
What Is Neurosurgery?
Neurosurgery is a term used to describe any type of surgery performed on the nervous system. Many chronic conditions can affect the function of this system or lead to constant pain and discomfort. The goal of neurosurgery is to identify what is causing these symptoms and make a surgical plan to address the issue and provide relief. Neurosurgery is concerned with diagnosing and treating patients with injuries or diseases and disorders of the:
- Spinal cord and spinal column
- Peripheral nerves
Our Center Is Home to Two Neurosurgeons
At the Surgery Center of Fort Collins, we have two neurosurgeons to address the needs of patients in Fort Collins, CO and throughout the area. Our neurosurgeons include Dr. Don Turner, M.D. and Dr. Timothy Wirt, M.D. Both specialize in treating front range brain and spine conditions. As neurosurgeons, both Dr. Turner and Dr. Wirt have attended medical school to earn their doctorate, completed a one-year internship in general surgery, and have also completed a five to seven-year neurosurgery residency program. You can trust that you’re in capable hands when you choose either of them as your neurosurgeon.
What Conditions Does Neurosurgery Treat?
Because of their extensive background in the nervous system, neurosurgeons can provide care for a range of acute and chronic problems. You may be referred to a neurosurgeon by your primary care physician doctor for treatment of a condition that is beyond the scope of a general doctor. If you are in a bad accident that leaves you injured, an emergency room doctor may also consult with or bring in a neurosurgeon to deal with any spinal injuries. Neurosurgeons can provide both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options depending on the type of injury or illness. However, much of their work focuses on performing procedures to treat medical concerns like:
- Chronic low back pain
- Trauma to the brain and spine
- Blocked arteries
- Tumors in the brain and spinal cord
- Congenital disabilities
- Peripheral nerve issues
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Diagnosing Conditions of the Nervous System
To properly diagnose a nervous system condition, you need the expertise of an experienced neurological doctor. Due to their extensive education and in-depth training, a neurosurgeon will be able to identify the source of your problem. If you have an unexplained health issue that may be related to your nervous system, your primary care physician will refer you to a neurosurgery specialist with more knowledge on this specific area of medical treatment. A neurosurgeon will then perform a full medical evaluation, talk to you about your concerns and symptoms, and perform any necessary tests to diagnose the problem. These tests may include an EEG (electroencephalogram), an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or a CT scan (computerized tomography).
Signs You May Need to See a Neurosurgeon
Unexplained symptoms are not something you want to ignore, as they are likely occurring because something is wrong. The longer you wait to address these concerns, the worse the problem can get, and it isn’t a good idea to gamble with something as vital as your health. Nervous system disorders can present a variety of symptoms that you may not immediately recognize, which is why it's essential to pay close attention to any unusual symptoms. You may need to see a neurosurgeon if you experience:
- Abnormal Headaches or Migraines: While headaches and migraines are a common occurrence for some individuals, they can also be a sign of a severe condition. If your headaches or migraines become more frequent or significantly more painful, it’s time to make an appointment with a doctor.
- Dizziness or Balance Problems: Frequently experiencing dizziness or lightheadedness can be a sign of a neurological condition. You’ll want to see a doctor if you regularly feel dizzy or lose your balance and fall.
- Unexplained Pain or Numbness: While pain is common after an injury, continuous pain or numbness in the body can be a sign of nerve damage. Because nerves send information from the body to the brain and spinal cord, miscommunications in the nervous system can cause you to feel pain, even if there is nothing painful occurring. A neurosurgeon will help you identify the cause of your pain.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our neurologists, please reach out to our team today. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and build a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns.