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.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


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.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.