Your brain and spine are your body's control center. It takes an expert to care for them — especially when something malfunctions, causing seizures, a movement disorder, a brain tumor, back pain or another neurological condition.

Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute, one of the nation's top 10 neurology/neurosurgery programs according to U.S. News & World Report, is home to more than 300 of these experts. They offer the best, most innovative brain and spine care available today while researching even better care for tomorrow.

Why should you choose Cleveland Clinic for neurological care? Here are six reasons.

1 One of the world's largest epilepsy centers

Epilepsy Brain Mapping

Cleveland Clinic has one of the largest, most comprehensive epilepsy centers in the world. Its neurosurgeons perform more than 400 epilepsy surgeries each year, the most in the U.S. The vast majority of patients report improved quality of life after surgery. About 60% of them no longer have seizures — the best surgical success rate in the nation. Innovative technologies are central to these successes. Cleveland Clinic physicians pioneered the use of stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG), a less-invasive way to identify hard-to-locate seizure sources in the brain, for epilepsy in the U.S. They also led development of continuous brain-wave monitoring and the clinical use of magnetoencephalography (MEG).

2 Innovative treatment of brain tumors

Laser interstitial thermal therapy

Patients at the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center get the combined expertise of Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and behavioral health specialists. They benefit from leading-edge approaches. For example, Cleveland Clinic was among the first institutions to offer laser ablation for inoperable brain cancer. One of the nation's largest therapeutic clinical trials programs, the center enrolled more than 120 patients in clinical trials in 2019 alone.

3 Expanding use of deep brain stimulation

Cleveland Clinic's Center for Neurological Restoration has used deep brain stimulation (DBS) to successfully treat over 1,000 patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and other movement disorders. It is also the first in the world to use DBS to help patients recover function after a stroke, one of the first to study the potential of DBS to treat chronic pain syndromes and an early adopter of DBS to manage epilepsy. Additionally, its surgeons use MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to offer surgery without a scalpel for hard-to-treat tremors.

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4 Revolutionary treatment of blood vessel disorders in the brain

Aneurysm

Experts in Cleveland Clinic's Cerebrovascular Center — who treat brain aneurysm, stroke and similar conditions — perform over 1,500 surgical and interventional procedures a year, including 200-plus aneurysm repairs. Their experience is helping revolutionize endovascular neurosurgery through the use of 3D-printed models of patients' aneurysms, novel stents and other devices to better plan minimally invasive procedures done through patients' blood vessels.

5 Groundbreaking research in multiple sclerosis

Brain scan

A breakthrough in curbing or curing multiple sclerosis (MS) is the goal of Cleveland Clinic's Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, which sees more patients and boasts more MS specialist providers than any other such center in the world. These specialists lead multicenter trials of disease-modifying agents, are pioneering clinical trials of stem cell therapies and are exploring new wellness and rehab strategies in MS care.

6 Easy access

Doctor talking on tablet device

Neurological Institute services are available at over two dozen Cleveland Clinic locations across Ohio, as well as in Nevada and Florida. Patients can access the institute's specialists within a couple hours' flight time from almost anywhere in the continental U.S. And many visits can be done virtually, via telemedicine videoconferencing using Cleveland Clinic's Express Care® Online app.

Adjusting to COVID-19

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Cleveland Clinic is taking necessary precautions on behalf of our patients, visitors and caregivers. During this time, some appointments may be scheduled as virtual visits, but for patients who require a physical exam, in-person appointments are being scheduled. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation and will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

To make an appointment with Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute, call 866-337-3098.

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