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Neurosurgery / Brain and Spinal Surgery

Our team of surgeons at the American Hospital Dubai includes some of the world’s most prolific neurosurgeons, spinal surgeons and brain surgeons. Considered by many as leaders in their respective fields, they are skilled in the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that directly affect the nervous system. These might include the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.

Spinal Surgery

Spinal discomfort can be causes by a great many things such as aging, improper body mechanics and spinal injuries, which in turn can cause symptoms such as back pain or leg pain and weakness.

Chronic back discomfort can sometimes be cured with specific treatments and physical therapy that target the inflamed area. But in some extreme cases, spinal damage can only be repaired through surgery.

The team of spinal surgeons at American Hospital Dubai will only consider surgery when the exact source of the pain and discomfort can be identified.

In the old days, the procedure called for an open surgery with long incisions that allowed the surgeon to access the spinal cord and analyze the backbone structure. However, as times have advanced and technologies have developed, spinal operations have become less invasive. Today, they require minimal incisions and shorter operation hours.

Cervical: Fusion and Micro-Discectomy

A cervical spinal fusion, also referred to as arthrodesis, is a procedure that merges specific bones in the neck. The surgery can be performed following several techniques:

By using bone grafts from the patient’s body or from a bone bank
By inserting metal implants that hold vertebrae together until the bone grows
By screwing metal plates into the bone in order to join adjacent vertebrae
By removing vertebrae and fusing the spine
By removing a spinal disc and linking the adjacent vertebrae

Micro-Discectomy on the other hand calls for the use of a special microscope to observe the disk and nerves. This causes less damage to the surrounding tissue as the surgeon is able to make smaller incisions.
Dorsal Spine Surgery & Spinal Fixation
Also known as Vertebral Fixation, Dorsal Spine Surgery or Spinal Fixation is a surgical procedure where doctors anchor several vertebrae together by using a vertebral fixation device. The purpose of the surgery is to decrease vertebral mobility in order to prevent damage and deterioration of the spinal cord and roots.

Lumbar: Micro-Lumbar Discectomy

Micro-Lumbar Discectomy is performed to remove portions of a herniated disc that are irritating or inflaming the nerve root. It requires the use of a microscope to improve both vision and lighting and allow the surgeon a clear view as he proceeds to remove the tissue and expose the bone. The result is more accurate with a higher chance of success.

Cranial Surgery

American Dubai Hospital’s Neurosurgery Center is home to a number of neurosurgeons, brain surgeons and cranial surgeons that combine their skills and knowledge with cutting-edge technology to offer patients the highest level of service. The team members are considered some of the best in Dubai and the UAE as a whole, working closely together with a renowned group of therapists, nurses and other staff members to heal patients and manage diseases and disorders.

Cranial surgery or craniotomy calls for our surgeons to open the human skull and expose the brain in order to extract or treat infections, tumors and other cranial disorders.

Brain Tumors

While medical breakthroughs have yet to find the root of brain tumors, our doctors constantly push the limits and use their resources and skill to extract and remove brain tumors from the cranial area. Brain tumors are divided into primary and secondary tumors. Primary tumors are growths and cancers that originate in the brain, while secondary tumors start in another part of the human body before spreading to the brain.

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an excessive accumulation of fluids in the cervical area or brain. The excess of CSF can cause harmful widening of the ventricles which in turn creates pressure on brain tissues that can be harmful. The surgery allows doctors to drain fluids from the brain to relieve the pressure.

Vascular Microsurgery

Also known as Microvascular Surgery, Vascular Microsurgery is performed to repair human tissue damage caused by trauma, cancer or congenital deficiencies. It requires the use of a microscope to aid the surgeon in their quest to transplant tissue from one part of the body to the other in order to fuse amputation.
If successful, the operation can help heal wounds, restore function and regain form.


Functional Neurosurgery


As some of the best neurosurgeons and brain surgeons in Dubai and the UAE, American Hospital Dubai’s team of physicians utilize functional neurosurgery to treat patients with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain, among other severe conditions.

Thalamotomy for Tremors

Performed to help reduce tremor in the body, Thalamotomy is an operation that is administered on the opposite side of the infected area, which means that the surgery is performed on the left side when the infection is on the right and vice versa.
The surgery is recommended for patients suffering from Essential Tremor, but is also a viable option for tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or post-trauma.
As with every single procedure administered by our neurosurgeons in Dubai and the UAE, the operation aims to help patients live a better life that is not dominated or controlled by medication and treatments.

Surgery for Epilepsy

Epilepsy surgeries vary in type and purpose.
The most common procedure is known as Resective Surgery or Resection or even Temporal Lobectomy. The surgeon will remove the part of the brain (usually the temporal lobe) that is causing the patient’s seizures and epileptic episodes.
Less popular epileptic surgeries include Callosotomy and Multiple Subpial Transections, procedures that typically use medical techniques to interrupt nerve pathways and cause a disconnection between the nerves and the brain to stop the seizures.