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The Neuroscience & Spine’s Department of Neurological Surgery, a department of Logan Health Medical Center, provides care for adult and pediatric patients in the treatment of conditions that may modify the function or activity of the central nervous system (brain, pituitary, and spinal cord), the peripheral nervous system (cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves), the autonomic nervous system, the supporting structures of these systems (skull, skull base, and vertebral column), and their vascular supply (intracranial, extracranial, and spinal vasculature).

Treatment includes both the non-operative management (prevention, diagnosis – including image interpretation- and treatments such as, but not limited to, neurocritical intensive care and rehabilitation) and operative management with its associated image use and interpretation (e.g. endovascular surgery, functional and restorative surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and spinal fusion-including instrumentation). The Department of Neurological Surgery provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for:

Conditions & Treatments

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) — a procedure where a damaged disc is removed through an incision in the front of the neck, replaced with a bone graft and stabilized with a metal plate and screws.
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) — a procedure where a damaged disc in the lower back is removed through an incision in the abdomen and replaced with a plastic spacer or metal cage, as well as a bone graft or morphogenic bone protein (BMP), before two vertebrae are stabilized with screws, plates and rods.
  • Artificial disc replacement — a procedure where a damaged disc in the lower spine is removed and replaced with an artificial mechanical disc. The goal is to restore range of motion between two bones in the spine (called vertebrae). Learn more about artificial disc replacement.
  • Axial lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) — a minimally invasive surgery for spinal fusion in the lowest portion of the lower back (L4-L5 and L5-S1) and is performed through the side of the body.
  • Brain surgery treatments — Logan Health neurosurgeons in Kalispell treat brain tumor disorders using a range of surgical techniques customized to each patient’s diagnosis, medical history and personal preferences. Treatment available for astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas,  meningiomas, cavernomas and metastatic brain lesions.
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) — a therapy involving electrodes implanted inside the brain that help control involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
  • Discectomy — a procedure where surgeons remove all or part of a damaged disc by accessing the spine through an incision in the back or neck.
  • Foraminotomy — a procedure where spinal bone is shaved or removed to widen the area through which nerve roots pass to exit the spinal canal.
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty — a procedure where a balloon-like device is inserted into the spine and inflated to open up space that is filled with bone cement to relieve nerve compression.
  • Laminoplasty — a procedure where an incision in the back of the neck to make cuts in lamina bone and insert small bone grafts that are stabilized with screws to open up space for the spinal cord and compressed nerves.
  • Laminectomy — a procedure where part or all of the lamina, the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal, is removed to allow more space for compressed spinal nerves.
  • Microdiscectomy — a minimally invasive surgery that removes portions of a herniated disc through a small incision.
  • Microlaminectomy — a minimally invasive surgery through a small incision to remove bone spurs that are pressing on spinal nerves.
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) — a procedure where surgeons make a small incision to remove parts of tissue that are pressing on spinal nerves.
  • Minimally invasive spinal fusion,— performed through small incisions using an operating microscope, X-ray guidance and special surgical instruments.
  • Pediatric spine surgery — highly specialized spinal care for children and teens, including treatment for scoliosis, kyphosis, congenital spinal abnormalities, spinal tumors and traumatic spine injuries. Learn more about pediatric spine surgery.
  • Robotic spine surgery — uses 3D software modeling, planning and guided placement of surgical implants. Learn more about robotic spine surgery.
  • Spine surgery revision  performed for certain patients to correct issues of a previous spine surgery. Revision surgery may be recommended in patients with continued chronic pain following surgery.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery — This targeted treatment delivers a high dose of radiation to a precise location to kill cancer cells while protecting surrounding healthy tissue and organs from radiation damage.

Contact Us

Department of Neurological Surgery
200 Commons Way, Suite B
(406) 752-5170
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.