Memorial Hermann Katy – Neuroscience Care
Memorial Hermann’s neuroscience services in Katy are the ideal combination of exceptional medical expertise and state-of-the art facilities with the convenience and personal touch of community-based hospitals to provide the highest quality neurological care to one of Houston’s fastest-growing areas.
The neuroscience program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital bring together a collaborative group of affiliated fellowship-trained, board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and pain management/rehabilitation specialists, supported by a highly trained, specialized and dedicated nursing staff. As a team, they are prepared to treat some of the most acute brain, spinal cord and neural conditions, so patients can receive advanced treatment close to home. Our depth of expertise, convenient locations and patient and visitor amenities, such as free parking, make Memorial Hermann a leader in neurological care.
The team’s holistic approach ensures that each patient – from youngsters to seniors – receives personalized treatment. The hospitals’ commitment to highly individualized care ensures that physicians and patients work collaboratively through the process of diagnosis, treatment and recovery for neurological conditions. Support staff members assist with insurance, appointment reminders, lab work, treatment authorizations and therapy, while continuing communication with referring physicians ensures continuity of care.
As part of the Memorial Hermann Health System, Katy Hospital draws on the extensive clinical resources of its sister hospital at the Texas Medical Center and the highly acclaimed Mischer Neuroscience Institute. In cases where additional treatment is critical, 24/7 Life Flight transportation is available with a team that includes an EMT and nurse, both of whom are trauma-trained.
For the youngest neurology patients, treatment is coordinated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Children’s Memorial Hermann, a recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, also provides treatment to children with a range of neurological disorders, such as spasticity,brain tumors, movement disorders, epilepsy,hydrocephalus, head injuries, craniosynostosis and spina bifida.
Our programs offer:
- A team of affiliated board-certified primary care physicians, neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and pain management/rehabilitation specialists across West Houston and Katy
- Comprehensive on-site diagnostic testing with the latest in imaging capabilities
- Outstanding inpatient neurological care with a highly trained and experienced nursing staff
- Exceptional stroke care and designation as a Primary Stroke Center
- Expertise in spine care from non-invasive treatments to performing some of the most complex surgeries with precision
- Pain management and physical medicine as an alternative to surgery
- Specialized neurological and stroke rehabilitation services before and after discharge through the nationally renowned TIRR Memorial Hermann network
- Patient support and education
Neuroscience Specialists in Katy
Most neurological conditions are initially identified in the primary care setting, and many conditions can be managed by primary care physicians. But should a specialist be needed, you can access top-notch neurological care in Katy. More than 40 neuroscience-related specialists are affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy in the following subspecialty areas:
Call to schedule an appointment with a neuroscience specialist:
Memorial Hermann: (713) 222-CARE
Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Katy: (281) 644-8880.
Mischer Neuroscience Associates
The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center extends its neuroscience expertise and capabilities through Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA), with outpatient clinics located across the Greater Houston area. The Institute’s infrastructure includes more than 90 nationally recognized clinicians.
Mischer Neuroscience Associates – Katy
23900 Katy Freeway
Katy, Texas 77494
507 Park Grove Dr
Katy, TX 77450
Diagnostic Testing for Neurological Conditions
Comprehensive testing capabilities allow our patients to complete diagnostic testing all on-site. This includes the highest level imaging for detection of a large variety of neurological conditions:
- X-ray – used to detect vertebral misalignment or fracture in the bones or skull
- MRI with or without sedation – a commonly used imaging tool used to diagnose brain and spinal cord tumors, inflammation, infection, vascular irregularities that can lead to stroke, brain injury and degenerative disorders
- Open MRI – utilizes a larger bore for patient comfort
- CT – detects bone and vascular irregularities, certain brain tumors and cysts, herniated discs, epilepsy, encephalitis, spinal stenosis, a blood clot or intracranial bleeding in patients with stroke, brain damage from head injury and other disorders. A dedicated CT scanner in the Emergency Center allows rapid evaluation of emergency patients.
- EEG – also known as electroencephalography; detects and records the electrical activity in the brain. Small sensors are attached to your head and connect by wires to a computer. This test is used to evaluate several types of brain disorders including seizure disorders and epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems, stroke, head injury, encephalitis and some sleep disorders.
- EMG – also known as electromyography, measures and records electrical activity of the nerves and muscles. Small sensors are attached to your skin, which connect by wires to a computer. You will be evaluated with muscles at rest and during contraction. This test is used to detect nerve symptoms that may be causing pain, numbness, tingling or changes in muscle strength.
- Endovascular Angiography – an imaging study, performed under sedation, used to visualize the flow of blood through the vessels in the head and neck using a small catheter and contrast (dye).
- PET/CT – a type of nuclear medicine imaging where a small amount of radioactive material is used to diagnose and detect certain diseases including cancer, endocrine, heart and neurological disorders. It is used to detect metabolic changes in organs and tissue and can help in diagnosing dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, stroke and more.
Other types of diagnostics may be administered at the physician’s office or hospital as needed:
- Cerebrospinal fluid analysis
- Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
Inpatient Neurological Care
In the inpatient units, patients have access to highly trained inpatient neurologists who specialize in critical care, acute neurological conditions, and neurological emergencies such as urgent brain and spine conditions. 24-hour coverage by staff physicians is augmented by a highly skilled nursing staff, many who are Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses and Stroke Certified Registered Nurses.
A four-member rapid-response nursing team, specially trained in critical and intensive care, is on call 24/7 to aid in emergencies and assist with patient care.
Stroke is the nation's fourth-leading cause of death and is the primary cause of adult disability. When a stroke occurs, getting expert treatment quickly is critical, as the prognosis for the patient is highly dependent on that variable. As a Primary Stroke Center, the team at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is specially trained to do just that.
Acute Stroke Care
Our skilled stroke teams are comprised of affiliated neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, speech and language pathologists and social workers. The hospitals offer state-of-the-art treatment for any type of acute or hemorrhagic stroke. Intravenous tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) therapy, a clot-dissolving medication that greatly improves outcomes and long-term recovery, is used for acute stroke patients who qualify.
In addition, our direct connection via telemedicine with the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute Stroke Center at the Texas Medical Center ensures that patients have every possible resource at hand for quick response and effective treatment.
We employ a full-time, dedicated Stroke Coordinator who helps patients and family members understand clinical terms, manages treatment and post treatment expectations and fosters communication with all members of the care team. To reach the Stroke Coordinator, call (713) 242-2905.
Primary Stroke Center Certification
Memorial Hermann Katy has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Primary Stroke Center.
Recovery from a stroke continues long after the return home from the hospital. Stroke rehabilitation is offered in conjunction with TIRR Memorial Hermann on either an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on the patient’s condition. The Stroke Rehabilitation Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann is specially designed to maximize outcomes for patients who have suffered a stroke.
Stroke rehabilitation services are also available at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy and TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation at Memorial City.
Stroke Education and Support
Memorial Hermann offers support groups to help meet the needs of those whose lives have been challenged by a stroke, both survivors and caregivers.
If you have a back or neck problem, you’re not alone, as these are two very common locations for pain and discomfort. Often these problems are caused by aging or injury, or can be the result of daily wear and tear on your spine. No matter the cause, back and neck problems are often very painful. While there are no magic cures, treatment can help ease your pain and improve your quality of life. We treat problems of the back and neck ranging from minor, short-term pain to debilitating, complex conditions.
Whatever the cause, these conditions may indicate the need to seek help:
- Pain that is persistent and cannot be relieved
- Pain radiating into the buttocks, leg or groin or pain radiating into the shoulder, arm or hand
- Muscle spasms in the back or neck
- Numbness in the legs or arms
- Weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control
Causes of Spine Pain:
- Spinal nerve radiculopathy (sciatica)
- Spinal stenosis
- Discogenic pain
- Multilevel degenerative disc disease
- Disc bulge or protrusion
- Facet joint arthropathy
- Sacroiliac joint pain dysfunction
- Compression fracture
Physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy diagnose and treat the entire spectrum of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal conditions, including traumatic spine injury, vascular injury, tumors, degenerative disc disease, deformity, osteoporosis, stenosis, spondylosis, and related stress fractures. Due to the complexity of the spine, it is important to find expert care to get the best result possible. Often, back and neck pain can be relieved through non-invasive treatments or pain management including:
- Pain relievers, muscle relaxers or oral steroids
- Physical therapy including stretching, heat, massage or ultrasound
- Pain management such as epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulators, pain pumps and more
If these treatments haven’t helped your symptoms, surgery may offer relief. Surgery often helps ease back, neck and leg pain, relieves pain during movement, reduces numbness and improves your quality of life.
Highly-skilled, affiliated neurosurgeons combine state-of-the-art technology with the latest in clinical research findings and innovative treatment approaches to ensure optimum recovery outcomes for patients.
- Insertion of artificial disks, rods, plates and screws
- Surgery for both congenital and degenerative spine conditions
Our goal is to use the most minimally invasive approach to achieve the best outcome. Surgical planning, tracking and imaging tools such as the C-arm fluoroscope give physicians the ability to perform complex surgeries with enhanced precision, minimal incisions and shortened recovery time.
Mischer Neuroscience Associates Spine Center
For more information on spine care, visit the MNA Spine Center.
Brain and Spine Tumors
Memorial Hermann Katy’s commitment to highly personalized care ensures that physicians and patients work collaboratively through the process of diagnosis, treatment and recovery for neurological tumors. Physicians take care to walk patients through the details of conditions and treatment options, while support staff members help patients and families with making appointments, helping with medications, coordinating insurance, lining up hospital and community resources, and assisting with patient education.
Neuro-oncology and Cancer Neurology
Memorial Hermann Katy physicians have specialized expertise and extensive experience in:
- Neuro-oncology: treatment of malignant brain and spine tumors
Cancer neurology: treatment of neurological conditions -- unsteadiness, neuropathy, arms or legs that don’t work, numbness, weakness, pain, tingling, back pain -- arising from cancer that occurs elsewhere in the body, or its treatment
Pain Management and Physical Medicine
For many patients, interventional pain management/physical medicine can provide relief from acute and chronic pain arising from trauma, nerve damage, degenerative conditions, cancer, and systemic metabolic disorders such as diabetes. The focus of pain management is function: getting patients back to what they need and want to do in their lives.
Treatment plans are highly individualized, beginning with physical assessment and psychological testing to determine the optimal approach to pain management.
Options can include:
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Anti-inflammatory or narcotic medication for pain management
- Physical therapy
- Injections -- administered either in the physician’s office or under sedation as a hospital out-patient procedure
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Pain pumps
After treatment for many neurological conditions, getting back to life begins with rehabilitation to restore or improve functional ability and quality of life, often as early as before discharge. Memorial Hermann Katy provide inpatient rehabilitation services including physical and occupational therapy.
But care doesn’t stop after you leave the hospital. The nationally renowned TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation location adjacent to Memorial City Medical Center gives west Houston patients access to personalized outpatient rehabilitation services, administered by specially trained occupational, physical and speech therapists, right in the community.
Should inpatient rehabilitative care be needed, TIRR Memorial Hermann is continually recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is a national leader in medical rehabilitation and research. Core programs include rehabilitation for brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain and spine tumors and neuromuscular disorders.
For inpatient or outpatient rehab care closer to Katy, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy provides comprehensive programs and services for patients recovering from stroke and other neurological diseases and disorders. Inpatient rehabilitation is also available at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital.
Additional outpatient therapy can be accessed through Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation network with seven convenient locations in West Houston and Katy.