Advanced Neurosurgery at Medical City Plano
Medical City Plano’s team of expert neurosurgeons use the latest tools, technology and treatments to perform advanced brain and spinal surgeries, leading the way by thinking outside the box when it counts.
“I appreciate the fact that I’m alive.” – Vince Phung, brain abscess survivor
Pioneering Physician and Innovative Technology Save Critically Ill Patient
On a family ski trip, Vince Phung didn’t acclimate to the altitude like everyone else. He just felt “off.” Back home, Vince began having headaches and slurring his words. At Medical City Plano, he was diagnosed with a ruptured brain abscess. The infection had spread to his ventricles, giving him a less than 20 percent chance of survival. Medical City neurosurgeon Brent Morgan, MD, saved Vince’s life by using innovative technology in a totally new way.
Brain Tumor Neurosurgery
Medical City Plano’s brain surgeons employ the most sophisticated techniques available to treat brain tumors and other lesions in the skull base that were thought to be inoperable. Using leading-edge BrainSUITE® iMRI technology, we help patients with malignant, metastatic and benign tumors of the brain and pituitary gland.
Medical City Plano’s brain and spine experts treat disorders of the blood vessels in the head and neck, including aneurysms, vascular tumors, malformations, occlusions and ischemia. Our innovative surgeries include aneurysm clipping, in which a clip is placed on the outside of the aneurysm to physically disconnect it from the artery.
This microsurgery inside blood vessels and spinal vertebrae is used for stroke, aneurysms, tumors, and arteriovenous malformations and fistulae that are not treatable with conventional surgery. Our minimally invasive procedures include: 1) aneurysm coiling, in which thin metal spring-like coils are placed inside the aneurysm to prevent it from rupturing, and 2) clot retrieval, in which a high-tech device physically extracts the blood clot.
This minimally invasive microsurgery is mainly used for biopsies of the brain and tumor resection. Physicians employ magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans to identify the tumor's precise location and remove the tissue through a nickel-sized hole. By avoiding an invasive craniotomy, doctors excise only the tissue they need and minimize the chances of subsequent neurological issues, such as paralysis or speech impediment.