The Institute of Neurosurgery at Gleneagles Global Health City in Chennai is renowned for its highly-skilled neurosurgeons, qualified to perform complex surgical procedures on the brain and nervous system. Our team of surgeons includes internationally reputed Neurosurgery experts, who direct the department towards global standards of medical practice, focusing on the use of minimally invasive techniques and advanced cutting-edge therapies. The hospital is committed to advancing life-changing research in neural disorders and helping the patients who suffer from these conditions. Our comprehensive neurosurgical treatment facilities help us deliver better outcomes and lower recovery time, in addition to the expert use of minimally-invasive techniques. We provide integrated neurosurgical care, and are available on-call 24x7.
Neurological Rehabilitation is a doctor-supervised recovery program for patients recovering from nervous system diseases or injuries. Neurological rehabilitation aims to reduce post-operative pain, improve nervous system function, increase mobility and reduce any debilitating symptoms the patient may experience. The rehabilitation program focuses on muscle weakness, swallowing, speech and hand-eye co-ordination. Patients recovering from brain and spinal aneurysms, brain and spinal tumours, meningitis, epilepsy, encephalitis, degenerative disc disease, traumatic injury or stroke could benefit from the neurological rehabilitation program, as recommended by the overseeing physician.
The rehabilitation team consists of a set of skilled professionals, tending to the various aspects of the patient’s recovery. The team includes nutritionists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, neuropsychologists and caregivers.
Brain Concussion Clinic
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or impact to the head or neck, causing a state of mental confusion. The neurologists at the Global Gleneagles Health City Brain Concussion Clinic are specialists at diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. The doctors will first perform a detailed physical, cognitive and neurological exam, followed by a series of imaging tests to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis. Equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic infrastructure, treatment facilities and a dedicated nursing staff, the Brain Concussion clinic is committed to helping patients make a full recovery from their traumatic head injury.
Why choose us
Providing 24x7 quality comprehensive neurosurgical care
The comprehensive neurosurgical care we offer is available to our patients 24x7, covering diagnosis, treatment, pre- and post-surgical care. We have a specialized staff of doctors, surgeons, nurses, radiologists and therapists available around the clock to tend to our patients’ recovery.
Centre of excellence in Neurosciences
The Department of Neurosurgery at GGHC is a Centre for Excellence in Neuroscience. The expertise of the doctors on the team covers Advanced Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neuro-Trauma, Paediatric Neurosurgery and Neuro-Imaging.
Latest state-of-the-art technology
The hospital is equipped with advanced biomedical technologies, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and specialised, interdisciplinary treatment methods, all designed to give our patients a quick and painless recovery.
Easily accessible and affordable
We strive to make heath care accessible and affordable to anyone who needs it. Our hospital aims to provide a more inclusive healthcare experience for all. The hospital has 24x7 helplines to receive and handle distress and ambulance calls. The emergency staff are trained to respond quickly all situations.
The patient experience is the utmost symbol of standard to all the doctors, nurses, technical staff and support staff at the Department of Neurosurgery at GGHC. The hospital procedures are streamlined to reduce waiting times, and ensure that patients are treated as soon as possible. The hospital infrastructure is modern and hygienically maintained. We strive to make our hospital a happy, healing environment for all our patients.
Cutting-Edge Diagnostic Tools
Stealth Navigation (S8) System
The S8 Stealth Navigation System is a technology used to generate 3D models of tumors, white matter tracts, the cortical surface or the vessels. These 3D models are useful to help visualise the structures in the brain quickly and help plan surgical approaches more accurately. The tool integrates seamlessly with imaging diagnostics to develop models, saving time and increasing the chances of a good outcome.
Advanced Surgical Microscopes
Our surgical suites are equipped with advanced surgical microscopes, geared to take on the challenges of microsurgery. Advanced surgical microscopes produce sharp, detailed, highly-magnified images of the surgical field. Surgeons typically operate on patients while viewing the surgical field through an advanced surgical microscope in real-time. The microscope facilitates long reach, high manoeuvrability and flexible viewing options.
Cavitron Ultrasonic Aspirator (CUSA)
A Cavitron ultrasonic aspirator is a tool used by neurosurgeons to cut out brain tumours without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue. The Cavitron ultrasonic aspirator probe is inserted into the tissue with an irrigator and an aspirator to vacuum suction out the tissue debris generated. The device generates ultrasonic waves at about 23 kHz to fragment the tumour tissue.
CRW Stereotactic Equipment
Stereotactic Equipment is used to perform minimally-invasive brain surgery. The system works by creating a 3D co-ordinate system to locate small targets inside the brain, and ablate, biopsy, or stimulate the mass. This co-ordinate system is created by setting up a reliable frame of reference in the body, using prominent landmarks such as bones, which bear a constant spatial relationship to the soft tissues.
A Transcranial Doppler is a type of doppler ultrasound scan that measures the velocity of blood flowing through the vessels in the brain. This scan can be used to diagnose emboli, stenosis, and other brain conditions. Transcranial Doppler scans are useful because they are a low-cost, non-invasive, painless method of assessing cerebral haemodynamics, brain anatomy and intracranial lesions.
Intracranial Pressure Monitoring Equipment
Intracranial pressure monitoring equipment is used to measure the pressure exerted on the skull. If the brain swells and intracranial pressure increases beyond a certain limit, it could lead to permanent brain damage. Intracranial pressure is measured in two ways – It can be measured using a hollow catheter, or a hollow bolt. The catheter is placed into the fluid-filled void in the lateral ventricle of the brain to check the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid.. Alternatively, the surgeon could use the subdural bolt method. In this method of intracranial pressure monitoring, a hollow screw is drilled through the skull into the subdural space. In both cases, the device is inserted by a surgeon in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or the Operating Room. The patient will be medicated while the monitoring equipment is inserted, to keep them comfortable. The probe is removed once swelling decreases and is deemed unlikely to recur.
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (Brain Mapping)
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring techniques are used during high-risk surgeries to monitor the responsiveness of the neural networks. They are also used to map the structures of the nervous system for diagnostic purposes. Intraoperative neuromonitoring is used to shrink tumours which have spread through the brain and do not have defined edges. The patient may be sedated at the beginning and end of the procedure; however, in the middle, while the patient’s brain is being stimulated with electrodes, they will be required to be awake and perform basic tasks such as talking, counting, or identifying images. This is required to precisely locate the functional areas of the brain that must be protected. The patient’s vitals are constantly monitored during the procedure and they are kept calm with verbal reassurance.
3 Tesla MRI/ Functional MRI
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is a safe, non-invasive technique used for measuring and mapping brain activity. The functional MRI device measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow. It functions on the principle that when an area of the brain is active, blood flow to that region increases. During the procedure, the patient lies on their back on the flat bed of the fMRI machine. The bed is then rolled into the hollow cylinder of the device. The procedure typically lasts about 40-50 mins, with the doctors in the adjacent control room, viewing the patient through the glass window. The doctors will instruct the patient to do silent brain exercises while lying completely still in the fMRI machine.
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Diffusion Tensor Imaging is an MRI technique that measures the directional movement of water molecules in tissues. The technique is used to locate the white matter tracts in the brain, in order to avoid damaging them during surgery. The patient lies on the flatbed of an MRI device and is rolled into the hollow cylinder.
A CT Angiography is a medical imaging test used to detect abnormalities in the blood, like clots, aneurysms and atherosclerosis. During the CT angiography, the patient is placed in the CT device, and a dye is injected into the part of the body under observation. The dye is injected into the blood stream to provide better contrast in the final diagnostic images. The dye is injected via an intravenous IV in the arm or hand.
Digital Subtraction Angiography
Digital Subtraction Angiography is a medical imaging test used to provide the doctor with visual data of the blood flow through the brain. The procedure involves inserting a catheter into an artery in the leg, and navigating it up into the brain. A dye is then inserted through the catheter, while the X-Ray scans are taken. This provides better contrast in the final diagnostic images, allowing the doctor to see the blood flow more clearly.