Our skilled physicians can actually reverse the damaging effects of a stroke.

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Presence Neuroscience Institute – Comprehensive. Compassionate. Close.

Presence Neuroscience Institute provides the highest levels of expertise and technology for diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the brain, spine and nervous system.

Here, some of the finest neurosurgeons, neuroendovascular surgeons and neurologists in Illinois work together with multidisciplinary specialists to provide quick and accurate diagnoses. Our affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and access to research and clinical trials enable us to deliver the most current treatment options, while our rehabilitation units staffed with our skilled nurses were created to get you back home and living your life as quickly as possible.

Another amazing thing about the care we provide at Presence Neuroscience Institute is that you don’t necessarily have to be here to get it. Thanks to our Telestroke program, Presence Neuroscience Institute neuroendovascular stroke specialists are available 24/7 to patients at all 11 Presence hospitals as well as numerous Presence Health skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers.

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Conditions we treat

Brain

Spine/Back Pain

Nervous System

Stroke

A stroke or brain attack is the interruption of blood flow to any part of the brain. Without blood circulation and the oxygen it provides, brain cells begin to die and damage becomes worse with each passing second.

When treating strokes, rapid diagnosis and precise treatment are required to save precious brain tissue and minimize lasting disability. Presence Neuroscience Institute has the talent, technology, rapid transfer capability and experience to provide the highest level of care. Thanks to this expertise, our team can actually extend the window of time for successful treatment. To help patients return to their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible after a stroke, we offer a variety of both inpatient and out patient services. Not only are we accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), many of our hospital’s acute rehabilitation units hold additional Stroke Specialty CARF accreditation.
Recognize the symptoms of stroke:
Face – uneven smile, facial droop/numbness, vision disturbances
Arm & leg – weakness, numbness, difficulty walking
Speech – slurred, inappropriate words, mute
Time – time is critical

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that affects thinking, language skills and memory, leaving some without the ability to perform even the simplest tasks. Alzheimer’s can progress at varying speeds and intensity depending on the individual, and although there is no known cure, research is providing much insight into the disease. Dementia describes a broader category of brain-function loss that can occur with certain diseases.

If you or a loved one are concerned about memory loss or other symptoms that may signal Alzheimer's or other type of dementia, the specialists at Presence Neuroscience Institute can provide an evaluation that will offer answers and advice on the best course of treatment.

Aneurysms and AVMs

Presence Neuroscience Institute uses the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and treat conditions involving blood vessels in the brain. Our specialists have expertise in aneurysms, which are the ballooning of arteries produced by a weakening in the vessel wall, as well as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), which are abnormal connections between arteries and veins.

Brain Tumors

Because Presence Neuroscience Institute has some of the nation’s top neurosurgeons, we’re able to offer advanced procedures for brain tumors that are usually only performed at academic medical centers. One such procedure is surgery performed while the patient is awake. This procedure allows us to more accurately remove brain tumors located near key brain functions like speech and memory. For other complex or hard-to-reach tumors, our stereotactic radiosurgery technology allows us to more precisely pinpoint the location and shape of the tumor, enabling us to preserve the surrounding healthy tissue during radiation.

For intracranial and skull base tumors, we use Varian Trilogy™ radiosurgery and novel chemotherapy techniques. These procedures enable us to treat meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, schwannomas, chordomas, chondrosarcomas, glomus tumors, metastases and craniofacial malignancies. During surgery we may also place a GLIADEL® wafer that gradually emits chemotherapy.

Traumatic Injury

Presence neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroendovascular surgeons work closely with emergency room specialists to rapidly diagnose and treat traumatic injuries of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. We know that rapid transfer and immediate treatment saves precious brain tissue and is critical for a patient’s successful recovery.

Epilepsy and Seizures

Seizures happen when abnormal electrical activity occurs in the nerve cells of the brain. This can happen in just one part of the brain or it can occur throughout. Some seizures are mild while others are more severe and have been known to cause convulsions. People who have recurring seizures may have the brain disorder known as epilepsy.

Here, our neurologists and neurosurgeons work together to diagnose epilepsy and seizures in children and adults in order to recommend the most effective treatments. We use cortical mapping for diagnosis and perform computer-guided surgery, including amygdalectomy and hippocampectomy. We also perform vagal nerve stimulation.

Headaches and Migraines

Usually headaches produce pain above the eyes or the ears, behind the head or in the back of the upper neck. Primary headaches, such as migraines, tension and cluster headaches, are the most common and are not caused by disease or other conditions. Secondary headaches can be traced to something as simple as withdrawal from caffeine or changes in medication, but could also be the result of more serious conditions like brain tumors, strokes, meningitis or bleeding in the brain. If you suffer from recurring headaches, our neurologists who are also certified headache specialists can determine the cause and provide effective treatment.

Sleep Disorders

If you’re having trouble sleeping, Presence sleep specialists can help children and adults overcome sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, snoring, insomnia and many other conditions that disrupt the ability to get a good night’s rest.

Spine/Back Pain

Presence Neuroscience Institute specialists are experts at restoring spines and quality of life. Our goal is to bring back mobility and reduce pain by using the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures. We specialize in:
- Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF) with balloon kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Spinal Degeneration with open and minimally invasive spinal compression procedures, vertebrectomy, screw placement, cage replacement, laminoplasty, lumbar interbody fusion and keyhole forminatomy.
- Spinal Deformities and Injuries with kyphoplasty and multiple spinal fusion techniques
- Spinal Tumors with non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques

Nervous System

Presence Neuroscience Institute neurologists use state-of-the-art equipment for EEG, video EEG, sleep studies, electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to diagnose simple and complex nervous system conditions in children and adults. Our neurologists and neurosurgeons decide together whether medication will be effective or if a minimally invasive or surgical approach is necessary to treat the condition and improve quality of life.

Nerve Conditions and Injuries

Here, our expert staff is able to diagnosis and treat nerve compression conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; neuralgia, including trigeminal, glossopharyngeal and neuroma pain; and syringomyelia. We also offer a CARF-accredited rehabilitation program, social services and continuing care to help minimize the condition’s effects and improve quality of life.

Diseases and Conditions

Presence neurologists diagnose and treat many different kinds of diseases and conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. We work as a team with our neuro rehab specialists to help restore function and return patients to their lives. Sometimes inflammation causes neurological problems and can result in damage to brain or nerve tissue. We routinely treat encephalitis, an irritation and swelling of the brain that is most often caused by viral or bacterial infections, and meningitis, a bacterial infection of the membranes (meninges) that cover the brain and spinal cord.

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a brief but very intense inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that damages the protective covering of nerve fibers and certain brain tissues. Treatment of inflammation is followed by neuro rehab to reduce neurological damage that could cause vision loss, muscle weakness, paralysis and difficulty coordinating voluntary movement.

Other conditions we treat include Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the immune system attacks the body and causes damage to nerves, neuralgia and syringomyelia. These immune system attacks can also lead to nerve compression problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dizziness and Vertigo

If you feel like you or your surroundings are moving or spinning, you most likely have some form of vertigo. By contrast, dizziness is less severe and provides less of a sensation of movement. The most common kind of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and it can be easily treated. Vertigo also can be caused by inflammation in the inner ear, Ménière disease, head trauma, migraines, diabetes or hardening of the arteries. More serious possibilities include various tumors in nerve tissue, multiple sclerosis or problems with blood vessels in the brain.

Because dizziness and vertigo can be symptoms of a wide variety of conditions, neurologists identify and evaluate symptoms to determine and treat the cause. We also work with neuro rehab specialists to help reduce and manage the effects of dizziness and vertigo.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. When the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells are damaged by inflammation, nerve impulses are disrupted in areas of the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. This causes the symptoms associated with the disease. Presence neurologists apply the latest research and treatments for MS to help reduce the severity of symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

Our brains produce dopamine to transmit signals to our muscles so they can move smoothly. In movement disorders, nerve cells that normally produce dopamine fail to provide the amount of the chemical needed to enable us to control our movements. In Parkinson’s, 80 percent or more of the dopamine-producing nerve cells no longer work properly, causing nerve cells to transmit signals wildly. This can result in trembling of the hands, arms, legs and face, stiffness in the legs and chest, slowness of movement and loss of balance and coordination. The onset can be subtle and the disease can progress slowly. Eventually Parkinson’s can affect movement and speech to the point of disability. Presence neurologists and neurosurgeons work together to diagnose and treat Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

Spine/Back Pain

Presence Neuroscience Institute specialists are experts at restoring spines and quality of life. Our goal is to bring back mobility and reduce pain by using the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures. We specialize in:
- Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF) with balloon kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Spinal Degeneration with open and minimally invasive spinal compression procedures, vertebrectomy, screw placement, cage replacement, laminoplasty, lumbar interbody fusion and keyhole forminatomy.
- Spinal Deformities and Injuries with kyphoplasty and multiple spinal fusion techniques
- Spinal Tumors with non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques
- Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF) with Balloon kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty

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Why Presence?

Multidisciplinary Specialists

The multidisciplinary specialists at Presence Neuroscience Institute are ready to handle extremely complex and urgent cases involving the brain, spine and nervous system.

Advanced
Technology

Advanced technology gives our specialists the precise, real-time 3-D imaging, measurement and mapping needed so they can achieve extraordinary accuracy in diagnosis andtreatment.

Research Innovation & Clinical Trials

Our current research and clinical trials are made available through our unique partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).