Why Choose Neurosurgery at Group Health?

Group Health doctor and patientThe Group Health Physicians Neurosurgery team has been exclusively selected by Virginia Mason (VM) to perform complex spine surgeries as well as brain surgeries at VM’s hospital, alongside their own surgeons. Our collaboration with VM has earned us numerous accolades for our safety, patient-centered care, and novel approach to the reduction of medical error.

Our experienced team treats complex situations:

  • Primary and metastatic brain tumors
  • Spinal cord tumors and tumors of the bony spine
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Blood vessel abnormalities in the brain and spine
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain)
  • Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor)
  • Herniated disks and spinal canal narrowing
  • Spinal deformity, including scoliosis
  • Spine fusion for instability

Our Collaboration at Work

After years of chronic back pain, Tom Rawlings finally found relief after undergoing a complex spine surgery. Led by Group Health neurosurgery specialists, the surgery was performed at VM's hospital.

      Managing Complex Cases

      Careful planning for surgeries is central to our collaborative approach. We regularly convene about two dozen clinicians to prepare for complex cases — doctors, nurses, and physician assistants from internal medicine, rehabilitative medicine, neurosurgery, and anesthesia.

      Together, we identify and treat health and medication issues that, undetected, might otherwise derail a major procedure at the last minute. With our cooperative advance work, we help you arrive in the best possible shape for surgery, and we make sure rehab plans are in place for a much smoother recovery.

      Our anesthesiologists are integral throughout the process. Because of their intraoperative work with neurosurgery, we've had a three fold decrease in major postoperative complication rates*, which means safer care and a lot less worry for you.


      *Sethi et al., Combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical attending approach to complex adult spinal surgery substantially reduces perioperative complication rates. Paper 568.SRS/IMAST annual meeting, July 2010.

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