Offered at Bayhealth Kent General, Neurosurgery is a specialty in which surgeons treat diseases or injuries that affect the brain and spine. These highly trained doctors, called neurosurgeons, care medically and surgically for patients with brain and spine trauma, including bleeding in the brain, disorders of the neck and back, brain and spine tumors and other abnormalities of the nerves. They often use CAT scans, MRIs and EEG to assist in their diagnosis and care.
Bayhealth’s neurosurgery team coordinates care for patients with highly trained experts in the Emergency Department, Operating Room, Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical Units, Rehabilitation Services and Diagnostic Imaging.
In addition to life-saving care provided to patients, the team also provides education and services to the community by offering concussion clinics and testing for high school athletes.
In one year, more than 300 neurosurgeries have been performed and a broad range of neurological issues have been diagnosed and treated, including:
- NeuroOncology (brain cancer) diagnoses including the removal of brain and endonasal pituitary tumors
- Skull-base surgeries for deep tumor excision
- Cerebrovascular conditions
- Intracranial bleeds
- Trigeminal Neuralgia (Facial Pain Syndrome)
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Hydrocephalus (abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities of the brain)
While the majority of Bayhealth’s Neurosurgical Program involves inpatient hospital services, outpatient services are also provided. Under the outpatient program, Dr. Mills can evaluate patients for elective surgery based on diagnostic tests and other outpatient services.