Neuroscience is the branch of medicine that focuses on the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. At Bridgeport Hospital, the neuroscience team is made up of skilled neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists, and specialists in related disciplines, including radiology and rehabilitation.

Our neuroscience team provides extraordinary care, offering advanced diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The Yale Spine Center at Bridgeport Hospital specializes in advanced spinal fusion surgery, using the latest open and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Alternatively, some minimally invasive surgeries offered may help avoid the need for spinal fusion surgery.

Bridgeport Hospital neurologists include those with advanced training in several subspecialty areas. These include epilepsy, headache, movement disorders (e.g., dystonia, Parkinson’s disease), multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, neuromuscular medicine (e.g., Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS, muscular dystrophy), as well as stroke.

Support for surgical patients includes organizing preoperative tests and admission procedures, making discharge arrangements, which may include rehabilitation and physical therapy, and helping patients understand insurance benefits. After surgery, patients recover in the surgical intensive care unit and neurosurgical inpatient unit staffed by skilled nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Many of our neurosurgical patients benefit from physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided in our inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, and from the outpatient services provided by our affiliate, Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, at convenient locations in Bridgeport, Southport, Stratford and Trumbull.

Neurological Conditions We Treat

Bridgeport Hospital specialists use innovative technologies and techniques to diagnose and treat patients with a host of neurological conditions and complaints, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Back pain
  • Birth defects
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries and tumors (malignant and benign)
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Headache – including migraine (Botox® for migraine) and cluster
  • Movement disorders including dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, tremor
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular medicine (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], muscular dystrophy)
  • Neuropathy
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Scoliosis
  • Stroke and aneurysms

Neurosurgical Conditions We Treat

Bridgeport Hospital surgeons specialize in advanced and minimally invasive techniques for procedures on the brain, spinal column and peripheral nerves. These techniques can be used successfully for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Brain and spinal trauma
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cerebrovascular injury, including stroke
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Disorders of the spinal cord, meninges, and spine
  • Head injury
  • Herniated disks
  • Osteoporotic fractures
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spina bifida

Stroke

Available 24 hours a day, the specialized team at the Bridgeport Hospital Stroke Center offers immediate care to stroke patients and their families.

Spine

The Yale Spine Center at Bridgeport Hospital treats a variety of spine conditions with varied surgery options offered, as needed.