When you need surgery on your brain or spine, trust the knowledgeable and skilled neurosurgeons at Essentia Health. Our surgeons will guide you in determining the most appropriate treatment for your illness or injury. They use the very latest technology and techniques and treat everything from back pain to brain tumors.

Facing neurosurgery can feel overwhelming, and we will be there to support you before, during and after your procedure. Your safety is our top priority and we will do everything we can to ensure the best possible outcome.

What's a Neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon is a surgeon with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, and the peripheral nerves.

Medical Insight: Neurosurgery Video Transcript

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SPEAKER: Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Maureen Talarico.

The host, Maureen Talarico, speaks to the camera.

MAUREEN TALARICO: Today on Medical Insight, neurosurgeon, Dr. Durga Sure, talks about medical advances in surgery of the brain and spine or more specifically neurosurgery.

Dr. Durga Sure, neurosurgeon, speaks to the camera from a patient examination room. He wears blue scrubs.

DR. DURGA SURE: With respect to the brain, we have this stealth navigation system, which is basically a GPS-like system for us to guide where to go and how far we need to go. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between the tumor and the brain tissue. So this navigation system helps us to do the operation more precisely without hurting the brain. MAUREEN TALARICO: While the stealth navigation system is targeted towards brain surgeries, by adding the extension of the O arm, neurosurgeons are now able to perform spine surgeries better than ever before.

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DR. DURGA SURE: With respect to the spine, we have the O arm, which is basically an intraoperative navigation system. It is easy to place the instrumentation very accurately and precisely with the less chance of any revision surgery or any complications. MAUREEN TALARICO: In addition to using cutting edge procedures, Essentia's neurosurgery team works directly with other specialty departments to provide integrated and comprehensive treatment. DR. DURGA SURE: Most commonly we work with orthopedic surgeons for pediatric deformities. We work with EMT surgeons to do a complex skull-based brain tumors. Surgery goes much faster, because the two surgeons doing the surgery simultaneously and also less blood loss for the patient, less anesthesia time for the patient, which helps with the faster recovery of the patient. So it's a win-win situation for everyone. MAUREEN TALARICO: For Medical Insight, I'm Maureen Talarico. SPEAKER: To learn more about this topic, call our experts at 786-3107.

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Back & Neck Surgery

Talk to your primary care provider if you experience back or neck pain. If you need a specialist’s care, your doctor will usually refer you to a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) doctor.

Because Essentia’s PM&R doctors and neurosurgeons work closely together, you can rely on your care team to promptly identify when you may benefit from a surgical consultation.

Trust your Essentia care team to recommend back surgery only after more conservative treatments haven’t provided relief AND if you’re a good candidate for surgical treatment.

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

Rely on us for surgery to treat conditions affecting your brain and surrounding structures. Our team has experience with a wide range of brain surgeries, including minimally invasive or endoscopic procedures.

Endoscopic Brain Surgery

During an endoscopic brain surgery, your doctor uses small, flexible, lighted tubes to see and treat brain tumors. This procedure impacts less healthy bone and tissue, which means you benefit from a lower risk of complications, less pain and scarring, and a faster recovery.


Certain types of tumors may be able to be treated with CyberKnife®—a tool used to perform stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). SRS is a painless, noninvasive treatment using beams of high-dose radiation. If you’re a candidate for SRS, your neurosurgeon will work with the radiation oncology team to coordinate your care.

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