Neurosurgery | Neurology


UC Davis Health neurosurgeons perform advanced procedures to treat tumors, epilepsy, movement disorders and other neurological conditions.

Medically reviewed by Kiarash Shahlaie, M.D. on July 25, 2023.

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World Class Neurosurgical Care

Neurosurgeons at the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery use the latest technology to perform advanced surgeries for complex neurological disorders.

Our internationally recognized team of neurosurgeons specializes in the latest brain and spine procedures. When possible, our team performs minimally invasive surgeries that promote a faster recovery. You may also benefit from our research and clinical trial opportunities.

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Types of Neurological Surgery

UC Davis Health neurosurgeons have expertise in all types of complex brain and spine procedures. When possible, you undergo minimally invasive procedures that promote a faster, less painful recovery.

Cerebrovascular Treatments

We offer various treatments for different types of cerebrovascular disease. Our surgeons can close off brain aneurysms with metal clips (clipping). They can shrink arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) with radiation (radiosurgery). They can also perform carotid endarterectomy, removing plaque stuck inside your carotid artery to treat carotid artery disease (CAD) and lower your stroke risk.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

DBS uses a device to send electrical stimulation to electrodes implanted in the brain. Experts in our DBS Program use this treatment for patients with epilepsy, tremor, and movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons at our Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (MINS) Program perform keyhole craniotomies. They remove skull base tumors and brain tumors through natural corridors like the nose or through small incisions in your eyebrow or behind your ear.

Spinal Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgeons partner with orthopaedic specialists at the UC Davis Spine Center to treat spinal tumors, spine trauma, degenerative spine conditions and other neuro-spinal disorders.

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Preparing for Neurosurgery

Before you have neurosurgery, your care team will discuss how to prepare and what to expect during and after the procedure. It is important to follow your provider’s instructions to ensure the best outcome.

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    Before Neurosurgery

    Neurosurgery preparation varies depending on the surgery type and underlying condition. You may not be able to eat, drink or take medications before surgery.

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    During Neurosurgery

    Our anesthesiologists specialize in pain management for patients undergoing neurosurgery. The type of neuroanesthesia depends on the procedure. Most operations are performed under general anesthesia. In rare cases, we may numb the surgical site so you don’t feel pain but can still talk to your care team during some brain tumor surgeries.

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    After Neurosurgery

    Your recovery takes place in our neurosurgical intensive care unit (NSICU). This unit has advanced neurological monitoring and a specialized care team to aid your recovery. Your length of stay depends on your progress. Some patients need inpatient neurological rehabilitation at the UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital before going home.

Home Care After Neurosurgery

Everyone’s recovery experience after neurosurgery is unique. It is important to rest and follow your care team’s instructions.

Continue Your Medications

Follow your provider’s instructions and take medications for pain and other symptoms as prescribed.

Participate in Rehabilitation

Our outpatient physical therapy services and programs help you regain strength, endurance and mobility after neurosurgery. Some patients also benefit from occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Take It Easy

Your provider will let you know when you can resume everyday activities like driving and exercising. You shouldn’t lift heavy items or try to do too much.


When to Contact Your Neurosurgeon

You should call your physician if you experience seizures, severe head pain, limb weakness, speech problems or signs of infection, such as fever and chills.

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