Neurocritical Care

Pain Management & Spine Specialist in Las Vegas, Nevada

Neurocritical Care services offered in Las Vegas, NV

Strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and other life-threatening brain conditions need intensive neurocritical care. The exceptional team at Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center includes neurologists with fellowship training in stroke and neurocritical care. Under their expert guidance, you receive treatments to protect your brain and restore optimal health and function. If you need a neurocritical care specialist, request an appointment online or call one of the three offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, today.

Neurocritical Care Q&A

What is neurocritical care?

Neurocritical care refers to the intensive medical attention and treatments patients receive when they have a serious and/or life-threatening neurological condition. Patients in neurocritical care need a collaborative team of specialists, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, and critical care nurses.

When would I need neurocritical care?

Neurocritical care is essential for conditions such as:

  • Ischemic stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Bleeding in and around the brain
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebrovascular malformation
  • Encephalopathy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Prolonged seizures (status epilepticus)
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Spinal cord disorders

You may also need neurocritical care following brain surgery or other major neurosurgical procedures.

What should I expect during neurocritical care?

Your Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center neurologist and the rest of the neurocritical care team focus on the immediate treatment you need to support your life, lower your risk of additional brain damage, and put you on the path toward recovery.

While in neurocritical care, they continuously monitor your brain to detect problems that need immediate care, such as seizures and sudden swelling.

Brain monitoring often involves placing electrodes, catheters, and other internal devices that  enable transcranial doppler ultrasound and ongoing measurement of:

  • Brain wave activity
  • Pressure inside the skull (intracranial pressure)
  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Oxygen levels

The team in the neurocritical care unit typically performs imaging, such as CT scans and MRIs. They also track brain changes in response to medications, ventilators, and other treatments.

You may receive one of many possible treatments while in neurocritical care, depending on your diagnosis and overall health. 

What happens after neurocritical care?

You begin neurorehabilitation as soon as possible. Early rehabilitation promotes a faster and more complete recovery.

Your Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center neurologist manages your care during neurorehabilitation. In addition to developing a rehab plan, they continuously assess your risk for neurologic re-injury and identify any roadblocks to your recovery.

Serious neurologic disorders often cause temporary or permanent changes in your brain that affect your ability to function. Neurorehabilitation addresses all these challenges, including difficulties related to speech, learning, and trouble completing daily tasks.

Your comprehensive neurorehabilitation includes many medical professionals. Your neurologist coordinates your care with physical, occupational, speech therapists, and any other specialists you may need.

If you have questions or need a neurocritical care specialist, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center or request an appointment online today.

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