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What Are Some of the Most Common Neurosurgical Procedures?

Neurosurgery specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, disorders, and injuries to the brain, spine, and spinal cord as well as the connected nerves that run throughout the body. Whenever you have a condition that affects your brain, back, or nerves, it falls under neurosurgery. With its wide scope, there are some very common neurosurgical procedures that are relatively routine and necessary to treat patients with a wide range of health issues and conditions.

Among the extensive list of procedures and surgeries that the neurosurgeons in Clear Lake TX, at Houston Physicians’ Hospital perform, these are some of the most common:

Anterior Cervical Discectomy

Anterior cervical discectomy (ACD) is a simple, common procedure that aims to remove a damaged disc from your neck. Slipped discs can result in a lot of neck pain, which also radiates to the head, shoulders, and back and can hinder various day-to-day activities that you engage in. In fact, approximately 20,000 ACD procedures are performed in the U.S. each year.

Chiari Decompression

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, various types of Chiari decompressions are intended to treat and improve balance and coordination by removing a bone in the back of the skull, which helps expand the foramen magnum.

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Epilepsy Neurosurgery

Of patients with refractory seizure disorders, 30-40% undergo epilepsy neurosurgery to help alleviate their symptoms and make their conditions more manageable. This surgery can help minimize the frequency and intensity of seizures that may prove fatal, especially when other nonsurgical interventions, including medication and therapy, have proven ineffective.


Craniotomies are another very commonly performed procedure due to their importance in general neurological practice. This procedure involves removing a part of the skull to allow surgeons and neurologists access to the brain, whether it’s to treat strokes, tumors, hemorrhages, or other issues.

Craniotomies may have long-term visual impacts, but these can often be managed via reconstructive surgery to restore and protect the exposed area of the brain. However, thanks to technology and advanced medical tools, craniotomies tend to be minimally invasive and have a shorter recovery time than they once did.

If you’re struggling with neurological conditions or are showing symptoms that may concern you, visit our neurosurgery center in Webster, TX. Houston Physicians Hospital Webster TX is home to some of the leading neurosurgery specialists who use the latest technology to treat a wide range of neurological health conditions.

Visit our Neurosurgery and Spine webpage to learn more and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a neurosurgeon who’s right for you. Once there, you can click on his or her bio to schedule an appointment directly with their office. All of the specialists listed treat patients at our hospital in Webster, TX.