West Houston – Memorial City Neuroscience Care
Memorial Hermann’s neuroscience services at Memorial City are the ideal combination of exceptional medical expertise and state-of-the art facilities with the convenience and personal touch of community-based hospitals. This helps us provide the highest quality neurological care to one of Houston’s fastest-growing areas.
The neuroscience program at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center brings 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, Memorial City Medical Center draws on the extensive clinical resources of their 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, movement disorders, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, head injuries, craniosynostosis and spina bifida.
Our programs offer:
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- A team of affiliated board-certified primary care physicians, neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and pain management/rehabilitation specialists across West Houston
- Comprehensive on-site diagnostic testing with the latest in imaging capabilities
- Diagnostic angiography in our new, state-of-the-art endovascular lab
- Neuro-Intensive Care Unit providing a continuum of acute to critical care in a single unit
- 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
- State-of-the-art treatment for brain and spine tumors, including Brainlab
- Pain management and physical medicine as an alternative to surgery
- Infusion immunotherapy by board-certified neurologists and specially trained nursing staff
- 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 West Houston
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 Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. More than 40 neuroscience-related specialists are affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City in the following subspecialty areas:
Schedule an appointment online with a neuroscience specialist or call (713) 242-4410
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.
Patient Centered Neurology at Mischer Neuroscience Associates
915 Gessner, Suite 750
Houston, TX 77024
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)
Neuroendovascular Care at Memorial City
Through a collaborative effort between the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) is extending its endovascular expertise and capabilities to Memorial City and other key suburban locations. At Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, MNA provides endovascular services for patients under treatment for cerebrovascular disorders, now offering access to diagnostic angiography in the West Houston area.
Diagnostic angiography is 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 inserted in the groin, and contrast (dye) to detect abnormalities.
Through MNA’s affiliation with the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, more acute patients may be treated at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Interventions include endovascular surgery for complex conditions of the brain, such as aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, skull base tumors and stroke.
Neuro-ICU and Inpatient Neurological Care
Memorial Hermann Memorial City houses the only dedicated neuro-intensive care unit (ICU) in west Houston, integrating the entire spectrum of acute to critical care. With 19 beds dedicated to intensive and acute care, the unit provides a carefully coordinated continuum of care for critically ill patients from admission to discharge. Expansion plans are underway to increase to 40 beds in 2016.
The ICU team includes affiliated critical-care and fellowship trained neurologists and neurosurgeons; advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants); neuro- and stroke-certified nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; respiratory therapists; and a dedicated case manager. They are supported by chaplain services, social workers and a discharge nurse who support patients while they continue on the road to recovery and provide much-needed help for families and caregivers.
Outside of the ICU, 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 Memorial City 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 Memorial City has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Primary Stroke Center. This hospital is also recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Primary Stroke Center. Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes hospitals that meet standards to support better outcomes for stroke care.
Additionally, Memorial Hermann Memorial City has been recognized by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, acknowledging our commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
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:
Physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City 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.
Our goal is to use the most minimally invasive approach to achieve the best outcome. Surgical planning, tracking and imaging tools such as neuro-navigation and the C-arm fluoroscope give physicians the ability to perform complex surgeries with enhanced precision, minimal incisions and shortened recovery time.
100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs
Memorial Hermann Memorial City was named by Becker’s Hospital Review on their list of 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs. Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selects hospitals based on nominations, clinical accolades, quality care and other spine and neurosurgical proficiencies. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by reputable healthcare rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, Truven Health Analytics, Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery, Delta Group CareChex and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Mischer Neuroscience Associates Spine Center
For more information on spine care, visit the MNA Spine Center.
Brain and Spine Tumors
Memorial Hermann Memorial City’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 Memorial City 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
The medical team, which includes neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, has extensive experience in treating a wide spectrum of tumors:
It’s not often that tumors start in the spine, but the spine is a common place where a spreading cancer will reappear, and these tumors can cause pain. Treating spinal tumors can be difficult, since they may occur on or near the spinal cord. A treatment – called stereotactic spinal radiosurgery – makes the process much easier. For spine tumors, stereotactic spinal radiosurgery may be used as the primary form of treatment or to supplement other surgical methods. It is used to deliver a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor, avoiding healthy surrounding tissue. It generally requires one to five treatments, and then the patient can move forward with other treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy.
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
Because underlying problems with the body’s immune system can have a devastating effect on nerves, muscles, the spinal cord and the brain, immunological treatments are critical to a substantial population of patients with neurological disease. Because the body doesn’t always absorb immunologically active compounds, almost all treatments for immune problems require intravenous therapy – a powerful and selective treatment approach that does not damage the immune system.
Through affiliated neurologists, patients have access to state-of-the-art infusion immunotherapy for a variety of neurological conditions including:
- myositis (inflammation and degeneration of muscle tissue)
- chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- mononeuritis multiplex
- myasthenia gravis
- multiple sclerosis
- central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis
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 Memorial City provides 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.
Additional outpatient therapy can be accessed through Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation network with seven convenient locations in West Houston.
Patient Support and Education
Stroke Support Group
Meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
The Gate at The Connection Center
13194 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77079
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Drive United Methodist Church invite you and your caregiver to our weekly stroke support group, Different Strokes for Different Folks. Our goal is to meet the needs of those whose lives have been challenged by a stroke, both survivors and caregivers.
Speakers - on the first meeting of the month we have a guest speaker. Speakers provide information about health and rehabilitation, subjects of interest or simply to entertain us.
Survivor and Caregiver Groups - on the second and fourth Tuesdays, our exercise coach leads exercises for the stroke survivors while the caregivers break out for their much needed support group.
Lunch - Every week we enjoy lunch together as a group. Most weeks a meal is cooked by the church chef and served for $6. On the third Tuesday, we dine out at a local restaurant.
Local Field Trips - Fifth Tuesdays of the month. We meet at The Gate and carpool.
This group offered in cooperation with the American Stroke Association and is open to anyone who has met the challenges of a stroke. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us.
For more information, please call:
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Support Group
Meets second Tuesday of every other month
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
Medical Plaza North
Bunker Hill Room
920 Frostwood Drive
Houston, TX 77024
(Use parking Garage Five)
Register online or call (713) 222-CARE.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, or CMT, is a group of inherited disorders that affect the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. There are more than 70 kinds of CMT and this disease affects about 2.8 million people worldwide, of all ages, races and, ethnic groups. CMT is treated by providers from both the orthopedic and neuroscience service line with crossover to rehabilitation.
Until now, the closest support group for those affected by CMT was in Austin or Dallas. Now, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center hosts meetings of the CMT Association’s Houston Branch the second Thursday of every other month beginning September 2015.
Meetings center on CMT education, awareness, research updates, fundraising, advocacy and current events and will include occasional guest speakers.
For more up to date information or for CMT Association branch leader contact, visit cmtausa.org.
Huntington Disease Support Group
Meets second Tuesday of every other month
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
Medical Plaza North
Bunker Hill Room
920 Frostwood Drive
Houston, TX 77024
(Park in Garage Five)