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Neurosurgery at UPMC in North Central Pa.

The neurosurgery specialists at the UPMC Neurological Institute in north central Pa. are deeply committed to providing our patients with expert care. Our extensive experience and expertise allows us to provide surgical care for patients with complex brain, spine, and peripheral nerve conditions to achieve the recovery they are striving for while minimizing the risks.

Our surgeons work closely with multidisciplinary teams of clinical professionals – including neurology, pain management, and rehabilitation specialists – to ensure that our patients receive the latest and most advanced treatment with outstanding comprehensive care.

Conditions We Treat

At the UPMC Neurological Institute in north central Pa., we provide advanced neurosurgical care for a wide range of conditions, including:


  • Compression fractures.
  • Degenerative disc disease.
  • Herniated discs.
  • Minimally invasive surgery.
  • Radiculopathy/myelopathy.
  • Revision and deformity (adult scoliosis).
  • Sacroiliac joint pain.
  • Spinal compression fractures.
  • Spinal cord injury and spinal trauma.
  • Spinal stenosis.
  • Spinal tumors (cancerous and noncancerous).
  • Spondylolisthesis.


  • Brain tumors.
  • Chiari malformations.
  • Hydrocephalus.
  • Pituitary tumors.
  • Stroke.
  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Trigeminal neuralgia.

Peripheral Nerve

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Ulnar nerve compression syndrome.

Ultrasound Guided Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, weakness, pain, and other problems in your hand that are caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.

The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand. They pass through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers.

Activities that require repeated movements and vibration can cause this pressure. Thyroid issues, diabetes, and pregnancy can also increase the likelihood of carpal tunnel syndrome.

At UPMC Neurological Institute in north central Pa., we offer an ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release (CTR) procedure. Unlike traditional CTR methods, an instrument is used alongside real-time ultrasound guidance that allows our neurosurgeon to perform CTR in a procedure room or office setting using local anesthesia in a matter of minutes. This procedure requires only a small wrist incision, that is usually closed without sutures, reducing or eliminating the need for opioids or post-operative therapy. After the procedure, patients can resume activities and return to work within three to six days, or as tolerated and monitored by our neurosurgeon.

Contact Us

For more information about neurosurgery at the UPMC Neurological Institute in north central Pa., call 570-321-2820.