Neuroscience specialists in Richmond, Virginia
At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our team of expert neurologists and neurosurgeons offer high-quality care and treatment for neurological disorders and conditions affecting patients in the Greater Richmond area. Our neurology specialists are trained in the latest neurological therapies and surgical techniques so you can feel confident in the care you will receive at our hospital.
Our neurology team works with patients to design effective treatment programs tailored to each individual. Our multidisciplinary team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, vascular neurologists, epileptologists, pathologists, spine surgeons, neuro endovascular radiologists and surgeons, neuroradiologists, critical care doctors and physical therapists.
For questions, appointments or more information about our neurological services, please contact Neurological Associates at (804) 288-2742.
Nationally recognized stroke treatment
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is nationally recognized by Healthgrades™ for our stroke treatment program, being named among the top 10 percent in the nation for stroke treatment and a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for the past 18 years in a row.
Neurological conditions and disorders we treat
Our neurological experts provide are experienced in treating a wide range of disorders and conditions affecting the brain and entire nervous system, including:
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- Brain cancer and tumors
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Nerve and muscle issues, including spasms, weakness, numbness and pain
- Migraine and other headache disorders
- Traumatic brain injuries
Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
We use DBS to help reduce and treat symptoms that are caused by or related to movement disorders. DBS can be used to treat symptoms of dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. DBS can help reduce tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness and walking problems.
Deep brain stimulation is a surgical procedure used to implant a pacemaker-like device, called a neurostimulator, in your chest that sends electrical signals to the areas of the brain that are responsible for body movement. Similar to a heart pacemaker, the neurostimulator uses those electric pulses to help regulate brain activity. Additionally, electrodes are placed deep in the brain and are connected to this pacemaker-like battery device.
How does DBS work?
Deep brain stimulation is not a cure for movement disorders, but it can successfully treat the symptoms of movement disorders through disruption of the abnormal patterns of brain activity that become prominent in these disorders. DBS is commonly similar to a brain pacemaker because constant pulses of electrical charge are delivered at settings thought to restore normal brain rhythms, allowing for the restoration of more normal movements. The exact mechanisms of this neuromodulation are still unknown.
The DBS surgical procedure involves placing a thin metal electrode, about the diameter of a piece of spaghetti, into one of several possible targeted areas of the brain and then attaching it to a computerized pulse generator. This generator is implanted underneath the skin in the chest below the collarbone. All parts of this stimulator system are internal—there are no wires that come out through the skin.
During routine doctor visits, a programming computer is held next to the skin over the pulse generator to adjust the settings for optimal control of symptoms. Unlike older lesioning procedures or Gamma Knife® radiosurgery, DBS does not destroy brain tissue. Alternatively, DBS alters the abnormal function of the brain tissue in the region of the stimulating electrode. It is important for patients to realize that DBS may take considerable time and patience before its effects are optimized.
Our neurologists and neurosurgeons are with patients every step of the way, from the onset of a neurological condition all the way through the recovery process. In an effort to restore your capacity for active living as quickly and fully as possible, we begin the neurorehabilitation process right in your hospital room after a neurological event, spine surgery or other procedure. You can expect us to be with you all the way along your path to neurological restoration or stroke recovery.
Learn more about continued neurological rehabilitation services through our sister facility, Parham Doctors’ Hospital.