Neurological Diseases & Stroke Treatment

Group photo of the Greater Sacramento NeurosurgeonsThe specialists in our Neuroscience Center, based at our Sacramento Medical Center, lead the way in providing diagnosis and treatment for neurological diseases and complex conditions of the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. Our center, which includes specialists at our Roseville and South Sacramento Medical Centers, is the largest and most comprehensive in the greater Sacramento region and serves as a referral center for Northern California.

In addition to 15 neurosurgeons, the center offers a broad range of specialty care in the neurosciences, including neurologists, neurointensivists, neurooncologist, neuro-radiologists (including interventional), pediatric neurosurgeon, and 24/7 neurosurgical services at the Level II Trauma Center in South Sacramento. Neurosurgery will also be provided at our Vacaville Medical Center, which has also been designated a Level II Trauma Center.

Team approach

The highly-trained physicians and specialists work as a team in caring for patients with diseases and injury to the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. Using the most advanced technology, our physicians collaborate closely to choose the treatment option for patients that ensures the best possible recovery for each individual. This team approach means our patients have the advantage of a multi-disciplinary perspective on treatment options that may include multi-modalities. Our goal is to treat the “whole patient” while educating and supporting them as well as their family members and loved ones.

Watch a video to see how our coordinated, team approach to patient care saved the life of a Sacramento musician.

Surgical expertise

Our neurosurgery team includes surgeons with specialized skills in the base of the skull, a complex area where we use sophisticated imaging to pinpoint the dimensions and positions of lesions. In addition, our Neurointerventional Suite allows our physicians to use minimally invasive techniques as an alternative to surgery to diagnose and treat neurological diseases and injuries such as aneurysms, strokes, and tumors. These treatments often result in lower risk to the patient, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery periods.

Conditions treated:

  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Spinal degenerative disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Vascular disorders of the brain and spine
    • Aneurysms
    • Arteriovenous shunts
    • Vascular tumors
    • Ischemic strokes

Excellence in Stroke Treatment and Care

At Kaiser Permanente Greater Sacramento area facilities (South Sacramento, Sacramento, Roseville), we have the capacity to meet the needs of stroke victims with state of the art complex stroke care 24/7. The neuroscience program based at our Sacramento location has achieved the prestigious Comprehensive Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission. Here we have the infrastructure, expertise and technology to treat stroke patients who require complex medical, interventional and surgical care.

Stroke is a significant health care issue, affecting 800,000 people every year and killing one person every four minutes. Stroke frequency and complexity will only increase with the aging population. Advanced treatment and specialized care of the more challenging cases is available at a limited number of hospitals. Because of the unique structure of Kaiser Permanente, we have the services available that focus on a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach.

Our clinicians in Sacramento have the expertise in neurosurgery and vascular neurosciences to treat this population. We have the capability to offer MRI, MR angiography, and CT angiography. We specialize in surgical and endovascular techniques such as clipping and coiling of intracranial aneurysms, carotid endarterectomy, carotid angioplasty/stenting, and intra-arterial treatment of acute stroke.

Our Sacramento Neuroscience program has advanced capabilities:

  • Offering the highest level of comprehensive stroke care
  • Providing full spectrum, multi-disciplinary care to these seriously ill patients
  • Delivering cutting edge interventions in the treatment of ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes
  • Providing enhanced long-term care management

While all Kaiser Permanente Northern Calfornia medical centers are certified Primary Stroke Centers, our Sacramento Medical Center has earned the prestigious Comprehensive Stroke Center designation by The Joint Commission, a national not-for-profit that accredits health care organizations and programs in the U.S. for achieveing high performance standards. To earn this distinction, a facility must provide advanced imaging technology, well-coordinated post hospital care, dedicated Neuro intensive care (ICU) beds for stroke patients, peer review processes that address patients with ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, administration of stroke specific medications, and participation in stroke research.

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The highest level of complex care for stroke and neurological conditions is also provided at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center. Learn more about those services.

Comprehensive Neurology Care

Our neurologists are board certified, many of whom have sub-specialty training in the following areas:

  • Stroke management
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement Disorders (including Parkinson’s disease)
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Neuro-Muscular disease (including Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurophysiology

Movement disorders program

The specialists in our Movement Disorders Program provide patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for conditions that include Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, and Dystonia. Patients with movement disorders can benefit from Deep Brain Stimulation, a surgical treatment in disabling movements can be reduced or eliminated, allowing patients to return to their normal lives.

Treating Memory Patients

Patients with Dementia and their family members are offered a multidisciplinary approach to coping with the progressive disease. The Neurology Memory Clinic offers a series of complimentary classes that addresses treatment options, life care planning, medication, behavior management, and family support. A team that includes a neurologist, nurse practitioners, a medical social worker, and other support staff meet with patients and family members to provide an integrated, comprehensive care plan that can help them learn to live with Dementia.