Good Day PA – Neurosurgery – Penn State Health

>> August is neurosurgery month, and choosing
the right neurosurgeon or neurosurgery program can be a difficult decision. Penn State Health has a top notch neurosurgery
team. Neurosurgeon Doctor Robert Harbaugh is here
to enlighten us. Well, it’s neurosurgery month. Happy neurosurgery month. >> Thank you. >> Christmas for you. I mean what should people really know about
choosing the right neurosurgeon or neurosurgery program? >> Well, no neurosurgeon practices all aspects
of neurosurgery. So the neurosurgeon who might be best for
a patient who has a brain tumor or aneurism is probably not the same neurosurgeon who
would be best if you have a spine problem or a peripheral nerve problem. So being able to find the subspecialist who
does the type of neurosurgery that’s specific for your problem is important, and at Penn
State we have 22 neurosurgeons, 2 medical neuro-oncologists, all of whom sub-specialize
in 11 different subspecialties within neurosurgery. >> Is that what you think really sets the
Penn State Health neuroscience institute apart, just the range of expertise? >> I think that’s — For the patients, that’s
the biggest thing, that we do every type of neurosurgery, all of the subspecialties, do
it really well. And so there’s no reason people in this area
have to go to Philadelphia or Baltimore or Pittsburgh to get the highest quality neurosurgery
care. They can get it right here. I think the other thing that sets us apart
in this region is that we are an academic training program. So we train the next generation of neurosurgeons. And we have 15 faculty in the neurosurgery
department who do research to develop new devices, procedures, drugs, to make, you know,
treatment safer. >> You know, talk about the range of specialties. What kind of conditions do you typically see
there or what sort of complex brain issues? >> So we see the entire range of neurosurgical
problems for both adults and children. So vascular disease, aneurisms, stroke. We see all kinds of tumors, benign and malignant
tumors. We do epilepsy surgery, pediatric neurosurgery,
peripheral nerve surgery, a wide range of spinal neurosurgery problems. So really everything that can affect the nervous
system. >> And this is sort of exciting. We were just looking at some of the video
that Penn State Health recently upgraded, some of the neurosurgical operating rooms. Tell us about some of those new features,
how they benefit the patient. >> We’re really excited about that. We’re upgrading our present operating rooms,
and, you know, we’re adding three new operating rooms. All of them are designed so that the neurosurgeons
can get better visualization of brain and spine structures both before surgery and during
the operation. We also have technology that allows us to
treat a wide range of things. Lasers. Robotics. Radio surgery. So that we can treat things either with a
very small incision or sometimes no incision, and the patient goes home the same day or
the next day instead of next week. >> Wow. Also I just want to point out next month here
in the evening we’re going to have a special brainstorm program here on ABC 27, a partnership
with Penn State Health. We’re going to learn more about everything
you were talking about today, plus some really interesting patient stories. Thank you so much. Good to have you with us today.

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