- Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons have experience performing awake brain surgery to remove brain tumors or epileptic foci that doctors previously considered inoperable. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform about 690 awake brain surgeries each year.
- Team approach. At Mayo Clinic, brain surgeons (neurosurgeons) work with an integrated team of doctors trained in brain conditions (neurologists), anesthesia (anesthesiologists), speech and language (speech-language pathologists), and other areas to provide your care before, during and after awake brain surgery. Doctors also work with computer engineers, language interpreters and other specialists to care for people who may need awake brain surgery.
- Technology. Mayo Clinic doctors use computer-assisted brain surgery and intraoperative MRI during awake brain surgery. Doctors may also conduct deep brain stimulation during awake brain surgery.
- Research. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in several types of neurosurgery to treat neurological conditions, including awake brain surgery and other procedures.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.
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