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Neurosciences

Integrated Clinical Care for Neurologic Conditions and Diseases

Loyola Medicine’s highly regarded neurosciences team understands that neurologic conditions can be life-changing—not only for the patient, but also for family members. Loyola provides advanced care in an academic setting, training future leaders in neurology and neurosurgery. Our neurology and neurosurgery departments are ranked 37th in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals list.

Why Choose Loyola for Neurosciences?

Loyola provides truly integrated clinical care for neurologic conditions and disorders, bringing together specialists in neurosurgery, neurology, head and neck surgery, otolaryngology, psychiatry, psychology and others to provide children and adults with advanced care in a compassionate environment. As part of an academic medical center, Loyola’s expert clinicians perform and teach the latest surgical techniques and medical treatments in numerous locations across the Chicago area.

All of our specialists are fellowship-trained and provide training and education to doctors at other hospitals. In addition, our nurses have earned Magnet status, which means they have been recognized for delivering the highest level of care.

All of Loyola’s neurosurgeons are faculty members at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and well-known thought leaders in education and research.

What Neurosciences Services are Available at Loyola?

Loyola’s neurosciences program provides expert medical and surgical treatment in outstanding, conveniently located facilities. We offer multidisciplinary facilities at the Loyola University Medical Center campus, in addition to outpatient services at other locations.

We offer the following specialized services to provide you with the most comprehensive care:

  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Disorders Center — Loyola’s comprehensive center provides advanced care for disease-related memory problems that interfere with the activities of daily living.
     
  • Balance Disorders Center — Our center provides a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients with dizziness, unsteadiness, vertigo, buzzing in the ears and hearing loss. Otolaryngologists, otologists, neurologists, neurotologists and physical therapists offer specific expertise in balance disorders, which can be difficult to diagnose.
     
  • Brain mapping surgery — This technique aids surgeons in pinpointing critical areas of the brain before or during neurosurgery. Loyola’s surgeons use this “awake brain surgery” to spare patients from experiencing function loss and damage to critical areas during surgical resections of brain tumors. Once these key areas are mapped, your surgeon knows which areas should be spared during tumor removal.
     
  • Brain, skull and spinal cord tumors — Loyola’s neurosurgeons are highly skilled in treating brain, skull and spinal cord tumors and have experience with the latest technology, such as computerized surgical navigation systems. Minimally invasive surgery is available for the removal of some tumors.
     
  • Center for Cranial Base Surgery — This center, which was the first of its kind in the Midwest, was established in 1988 and performs skull base surgery for patients with tumors and vascular lesions located on the underside of the brain. The center has developed innovative methods for the safe and complete removal of difficult-to-reach cranial base tumors and lesions that might otherwise be considered inoperable. Our team also treats all noncancerous cranial base conditions, such as aneurysms, brain abscesses and neuralgias.
     
  • Cerebrovascular diseases and disorders — Diseases and disorders affecting the blood vessels of the brain, such as strokes, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), are treated through a collaborative approach that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, cranial base surgeons, neuroradiologists, neuro-anesthesiologists and others. Loyola uses the latest treatments and technology to improve these conditions.
     
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate program — Our surgical team has vast experience in correcting cleft lip and cleft palate problems, as well as the ear, nose and throat problems often associated with this condition.
     
  • Cranial base tumors and conditions — Loyola’s renowned Center for Cranial Base Surgery treats patients with extensive tumors at the undersurface of the brain, an area that borders on the brain, ears, eyes, nose, throat and neck. Our neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists and other specialists each bring unique expertise to treat cranial base tumors, which often surround the nerves and blood vessels traveling to or from the underside of the brain. The center has developed innovative methods for the safe and complete removal of difficult-to-reach cranial base tumors and lesions that might otherwise be considered inoperable. Our team also treats all noncancerous cranial base conditions, such as aneurysms, brain abscesses and neuralgias.
     
  • Endoscopic cranial base surgery — Loyola’s neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists and cranial base tumor specialists have expertise in the use of endoscopic cranial base surgery or endonasal endoscopy, to access and remove tumors through the nasal passage. This leading-edge technology allows your surgeon access to the tumor without harming other important nearby structures, such as the brain, optic nerve or carotid arteries. This approach allows your surgeon a better view of the tumor, making it easier to remove all of it and reducing the chances of a recurrence. Use of this minimally invasive technique also reduces scarring, pain and the length of your hospital stay, which will allow you to return to your everyday activities sooner.
     
  • Epilepsy Center — Loyola is proud to offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders. Accredited as a level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), Loyola offers the highest level of specialized epilepsy care available for adults and children as young as 2 years of age.
     
  • Facial nerve paralysis and disorders — Loyola’s surgeons are experienced in the treatment of facial nerve paralysis and facial nerve disorders. The loss of facial movement due to nerve damage can have a significant effect on your speech, eating and drinking, as well as cause pain, tearing or twitching. The most common causes of facial nerve paralysis are head trauma, infection or inflammation of the facial nerve, head or neck tumor, stroke, Bell’s palsy, facial fractures and ear and salivary gland tumors. Our specialists are experienced in nerve repair surgery to restore facial movement.
     
  • Headache and migraine clinic — Loyola is recognized for its comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and clinical research of headaches and migraines. Specialists at the headache and migraine clinic will use a multidisciplinary approach to help you return to a life free of this pain. Your dedicated pain management team may include neurologists, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine doctors and otolaryngologists, also known as ear, nose and throat doctors.
     
  • Head and neck oncology clinic — Our clinic provides consultation, evaluation and treatment of head and neck tumors. Your care team may include surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, dentists, speech therapists, clinical social workers, nutritionists and oral pathologists.
     
  • Hearing Center — Loyola’s audiologists, otologists and otolaryngologists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing loss, balance disorders and a full range of auditory conditions.
     
  • Interventional neuroradiology — Loyola’s skilled interventional radiologists provide high-tech, minimally invasive treatment for neurological problems—such as brain aneurysms, blood clots and tumors—which can prevent the need for surgery.
     
  • Minimally invasive ENT surgery — Our otolaryngology surgeons are highly experienced in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including endoscopic sinus surgery and transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for mouth, throat and voice box disorders. We have a reputation for achieving excellent results in endoscopic sinus surgery. Loyola also excels in performing nasal surgery, cranial base surgery and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, as well as implantation of hearing devices for the middle ear and cochlear implants.
     
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) clinic — Loyola’s multiple sclerosis clinic is recognized by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which refers patients to Loyola for treatment of MS. We offer several treatments to slow the progression of MS and will work closely with you to manage symptoms. Your medical team may include neurologists, urologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists and social workers.
     
  • Nasal Sinus Center — Our center provides both adults and children with consultation, diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus problems, including blocked nasal breathing, nasal drainage, postnasal drip, headaches and pain in the temples or above the eyes.
     
  • Neurobehavioral program — Loyola’s neurobehavioral experts will provide therapies that can empower you to handle behavioral and medical issues brought on by brain injury, stroke and progressive conditions.
     
  • Neurobehavioral rehabilitation services — Loyola provides the latest treatments for memory, mood and behavior disorders resulting from neurobehavioral conditions or brain injuries. Loyola’s comprehensive neurobehavioral rehabilitation program combines specialists in physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive neurosciences, neurology, neurosurgery, speech pathology and vocational rehabilitation to provide you with the best possible care.
     
  • Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery — Loyola’s experienced otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons treat a variety of problems of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck including thyroid and salivary gland disorders, traumatic head injuries, and head and neck cancers. Our otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons are fellowship-trained and work as part of a clinically integrated care team, partnering with audiologists, neurologists and other specialists to provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques as well as minimally invasive approaches for many types of surgery.
     
  • Pain Management Center — The Pain Management Center's multidisciplinary program of specialists provide a wide spectrum of services to help manage acute and chronic pain.
     
  • Pediatric otolaryngology — Loyola’s pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists treat children with problems such as inner-ear infections, hearing loss, nasal obstructions and head and neck tumors. Loyola is one of only two major sinus treatment centers for children in the Midwest.
     
  • Peripheral Nerve Center — Loyola’s Peripheral Nerve Center takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to peripheral nerve injuries and disorders, such as compressive neuropathies, nerve injuries and nerve tumors. You will work with a multidisciplinary team that may include neurosurgeons, neurologists, anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists and rehabilitation specialists.
     
  • Pituitary tumors — Loyola Medicine’s doctors are highly skilled in delivering the highest level of care for patients with pituitary tumors. Loyola takes a multidisciplinary approach to the care of pituitary tumors, which can threaten your vision and cause a multitude of symptoms. Treatment may include medication, radiation therapy, surgery or a combination of all three.
     
  • Reconstructive surgery program — Loyola understands the frustration that a congenital deformity can cause and the painful emotional toll that a car accident or head cancer can leave behind. Our specialists will help to make you feel whole again with reconstructive surgical treatment.
     
  • Sleep Disorders Center — Our center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, provides a comprehensive approach to treating adult and pediatric sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. Loyola’s ENT specialists collaborate with our sleep specialists to offer laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty, an inexpensive outpatient procedure to treat snoring disorder and sleep apnea through removal of the uvula.
     
  • Speech and language therapy — Loyola’s experienced, certified and licensed speech and language pathologists are committed to helping you with speech impairment prevention, rehabilitation and education.
     
  • Spinal disorders and deformities — Specialists at Loyola’s spine program take an integrated approach to treating scoliosis and spinal curvature disorders, combining the expertise of neurologists, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic specialists. The spine specialists at Loyola are some of the most experienced in the Chicago area and perform more than 800 spinal surgeries annually. The spinal deformity and scoliosis clinic at Loyola has expertise in providing the most advanced surgical care for patients with these conditions. Loyola is one of only a few centers in the United States performing an outpatient procedure called vertebroplasty.
     
  • Stereotactic radiation oncology program — This approach is effective in treating small tumors of the head and brain when conventional surgery or standard radiation therapy may pose too great a risk to the patient. The procedure delivers a single dose of radiation that is precisely matched to the 3D shape of the tumor while protecting nearby structures. Loyola is one of the few centers in the country to acquire a new shaped-beam stereotactic radiotherapy system, which targets tumors and other lesions with submillimeter accuracy.
     
  • Stroke Center — Loyola’s Stroke Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. For the sixth year in a row, Loyola was recognized in 2014 by the American Stroke Association with its Get with the Guidelines® — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care through a comprehensive system for rapid stroke diagnosis, treatment and stroke rehabilitation.
     
  • Swallowing Center — Loyola’s medical experts use a full range of innovative technologies and therapies to diagnose and treat swallowing disorders, which can occur at any point as food travels from the mouth to the stomach.
     
  • Telemedicine stroke program — Through this unique service, Loyola stroke specialists can consult with other doctors over the internet and talk directly with a patient or a patient’s family. This technology allows Loyola’s doctors to offer their expert medical care and specialty advice to patients anywhere, anytime—and can greatly reduce your risk of further damage due to stroke. Telemedicine uses information technology to exchange medical data, images and sound. It allows doctors, hospitals and other clinicians to deliver consultations, procedures, examinations, test results and monitoring services to patients who are in another hospital or even in another city. These tools provide 24/7 access to academic medical care with reduced wait times and travel.
     
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) clinic — Loyola’s transient ischemic attack clinic offers specialized services to treat TIA patients. Our dedicated doctors work quickly to evaluate and treat patients who may be at risk of stroke.
     
  • Trauma and critical care — Injuries to the spine and neck must be treated right away to limit or prevent further damage. Loyola has broken new ground with its spine program, in which neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons collaborate on complex cases. Our skilled emergency transport team is available 24/7 to transport patients to our Level I Trauma Center for life-threatening situations like car accidents and stroke.
     
  • Tumors of the skull, brain and spinal cord — Loyola’s specialists are nationally known for their expertise in treating brain, skull and spinal cord tumors. Through Loyola’s unique neuro-oncology program, patients can benefit from consultation with several specialists in a convenient, multidisciplinary clinic held in Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. Loyola was among the first centers in the United States to adopt computerized surgical navigation systems to better target tumor treatments.
     
  • Voice, Laryngeal and Esophageal Disorders Center — Our highly specialized doctors and speech pathologists offer diagnosis, non-surgical and surgical treatment for disorders of the voice box, throat and esophagus.

Ongoing Research to Improve Neurosciences Treatment

As an academic medical center, Loyola Medicine is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new medications and protocols. Loyola’s interventional neurovascular applications laboratory enables scientists to teach interventional techniques for cerebrovascular disease. In Loyola’s neuro-oncology laboratory, our scientists study how tumors grow in order to develop new treatments.

Some of the principal avenues for research include:

  • Testing ways to seal off aneurysms with polymer compounds or metal coils
  • The role of calcium ions in the life cycle of brain tumor cells
  • Using new technologies (such as balloon occlusion testing) to measure cerebral flow
  • Using special medical adhesives to treat arteriovenous malformations (AVM)

Loyola’s patients benefit from research discoveries made here; read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.