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Imagine a well-oiled machine with millions of little gears that work in perfect synchronicity. Now imagine that one day, some of those gears stop working properly. This, simply, is what neuroscience deals with. It is the study and treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the brain and spinal cord, all the other nerves that pass through the body, as well as their coverings, blood vessels, and tissue such as muscles.

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Neurosciences at Aster CMI Hospital is a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, who combine expertise with latest technological developments to offer the best services in neurology, neurosurgery, spine surgery, endovascular neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neuro trauma, neuroradiology, neuropsychology and neuro-rehabilitation.

Research shows that neurological disorders are a major cause for significant morbidity in the Indian population. Common symptoms of neurological disease include headache, paralysis, muscle weakness, poor motor coordination, seizures, confusion and pain. Brain tumors, epilepsy, stroke are among the common debilitating conditions. While some are genetic, many are acquired. Accidents can also cause neurological disorder and as much as 42 percent fatalities each year in parts of India result from head injury. 

As one of Bangalore’s leading multi-speciality hospitals, Aster CMI’s Neurosciences Department offers cutting-edge technology and expert clinical support to treat any of the said conditions. Aster CMI is one of the first facilities in Bangalore to offer 3-Tesla MRI scan and a Hybrid Cath Lab, which combines state-of-the-art imaging equipment and techniques with those required for surgery and other minimally invasive surgery. Combined with dedicated neuro ICU and neuro operation theatres which house best in class microscopes with advanced intraoperative fluorescence imaging, we at Aster CMI bring both excellent diagnostic abilities as well as genuine care for the patients’ well-being.

Spine surgeries performed at the Neurosciences Department of the Aster CMI include microsurgery and minimal-access surgery for spine fractures, spinal tumors, cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery. MIS decompression for spinal stenosis, scoliosis and deformity correction and cranio-vertebral junction surgery for congenital and acquired abnormalities.

In addition, Aster CMI’s neurosciences department is also among the first to have a team on call 24/7, to handle all kinds of neurological emergencies and trauma. Aster CMI also offers Deep-Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions involving motor functions. 


Surgery for Your Back Pain: When Is It a Good Idea?

We all suffer from back pain — mild to severe — which is almost always cured by a little TLC and lot of rest. However, there are times when neither tender loving care and rest, nor painkillers will subside the constant ache. This is when a back surgery might be in order.

In most of these hurting times when you might be contemplating spine surgery, there is acute lower back pain which is can cause massive disruption in your life. While there are times when non-surgical care will take care of the issue within two to 12 weeks, you still might want to see a spine specialist.

Spine Terms Made Easy for You

When you say spine surgery, it means a surgical procedure on any part of the long column of 33 bones that provides main support for the body, and allows you to stand upright, bend, twist — all this while housing and protecting the spinal cord

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