Advanced neurological care in Tarrant County

Medical City Fort Worth’s Brain & Spine Institute offers advanced medical facilities and technology for diagnosing and treating a variety of neurological conditions. If a patient is diagnosed with a neurological disorder, we offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options in Tarrant County.

To learn more about the neurological services we offer, please call (817) 877-5292.

Advanced neuroscience treatment

At Medical City Fort Worth, our Brain & Spine Institute offers state-of-the-art neurological care to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Brain hemorrhages
  • Spinal disorders
  • Brain tumors
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders

Nationally recognized stroke treatment

Medical City Fort Worth earned the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL and was the first Fort Worth hospital to offer a dedicated stroke program, which involves rapid diagnosis and treatment from the acute event to rehabilitative services.

Our stroke program has received multiple accreditations and certifications. We are proud to offer advanced, rapid care when you need it most.

Stroke prevention

Sometimes, strokes can be prevented. Although you can't control all of your risk factors for stroke—such as age, gender and family history—some personal risk factors can be managed.

Take our stroke risk assessment to identify your stroke risk factors and find out how you can improve them.

Neurological diagnostic procedures

At Medical City Fort Worth, we offer diagnostic and imaging services, including:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Routine diagnostic sleep studies

If you need additional diagnostic procedures, such as electromyography (EMG), nerve condition studies or more in-depth sleep studies, we will refer you to one of our affiliate facilities.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS)

DBS is a proven treatment for many neurological conditions. This surgical treatment is often prescribed after medications are proven ineffective at controlling a patient's symptoms.

DBS could be described as "a pacemaker for the brain." Electrodes are implanted in the brain to deliver controlled electrical impulses to targeted brain cells for the treatment of movement disorders, such as essential tremors, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and dystonia. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DBS in 1997, the procedure has quickly become the most common surgical treatment to relieve tremors.

Candidates for DBS

Patients may want to consider DBS when their medications are working but not working as well as they once did. Signs that medication performance has diminished include:

  • Movement symptoms, such as tremor and stiffness, are experienced more often
  • Medications take longer to work
  • Medication effects wear off between doses
  • Medications need to be taken more often
  • A higher dose is required to get the same effect
  • Medication side effects are becoming problematic

What to expect with DBS

DBS will not cure the underlying disease, but it may help lessen symptoms. Some patients may still need medications. Here is what to expect during the DBS process:

  • Evaluation— A neurologist or movement disorder neurologist will examine you to determine whether DBS is a safe and appropriate option.
  • Surgery— DBS involves two different procedures. During the first procedure, a small wire is placed in your head. This procedure typically lasts a few hours. During the second procedure, your surgeon implants the pulse generator device (similar to a pacemaker) under the skin in your chest near the collarbone.
  • Programming— After surgery, your pulse generator will be activated in your neurologist’s office. The settings and amount of stimulation are fine-tuned to achieve the best outcomes for each patient. After implantation, most patients' medications are reduced to optimize the DBS system for each patient’s needs.
For more information on DBS, contact our DBS navigator at (817) 609-6206

Neurological rehabilitation

We offer physical therapy and rehabilitation services to patients recovering from surgery, including neurological surgery. If you require more advanced care than we can provide, we can connect you to one of our affiliate facilities.

Arriving at the Brain & Spine Institute

We perform diagnostic procedures and surgeries in different areas of our hospital. Your physician or nurse will let you know where you should park and which entrance would be best to use when you arrive. We offer free parking in our lots and garage for your convenience.

Neurological care at Medical City Healthcare

Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons often treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord, including stroke.

Learn about Neurological care