Mayo Clinic's approach

At Mayo Clinic, your team of specialists will take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor your care to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to work together to provide the very best possible results, safety and service.

Your Mayo Clinic Care team

Your integrated Mayo Clinic neurology team includes brain surgeons (neurosurgeons) and doctors trained in brain conditions (neurologists), anesthesia specialists (anesthesiologists), speech and language experts (speech-language pathologists), and other experts. Your team cares for you before, during and after awake brain surgery. Your care team also works with computer engineers, language interpreters and other specialists to help meet all of your needs.

Experience

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons are experienced in performing awake brain surgery to remove brain tumors or epileptic foci that doctors previously thought couldn't be surgically removed. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform over 1,000 brain surgeries each year.

Advanced technology

Mayo Clinic doctors use the latest technology to perform 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 is constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Mayo Clinic researchers study different types of neurosurgery, imaging and surgical techniques for awake brain surgery. Learn more about neurosurgery research.

Nationally recognized expertise

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

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 Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Successful Brain Cancer Surgery Puts Sunshine Back in a Young Mom?s World

    When Tyson Cluever, a 32-year-old mother of two from Benson, Minnesota, learned that she had an aggressive brain cancer, her first thought was of her children. At just nine months and five years old, her sons stood to lose one of the most important people in their lives if she were to share the fate [...]

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons perform more than 1,000 brain tumor surgeries each year using the latest technological advances available to them, including computer-assisted brain surgery, intraoperative MRI and lasers. Mayo Clinic surgeons have experience performing awake brain surgery to remove brain tumors or epileptic foci that doctors previously considered inoperable.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. It is one of only four U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research.
  • Nationally recognized expertise. Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

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 Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Feb. 28, 2018
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