Neurosurgery at Cody Regional Health
Neurosurgery in Park County
Cody Regional Health offers neurosurgery to the Big Horn Basin Region through
our partnership with the Northern Wyoming Surgical Center. We are committed
to making comprehensive neurological services convenient and accessible
for residents of Park County and the surrounding areas. Our staff has
expertise and experience in caring for patients with problems involving
the head, neck and spine.
The spine withstands tremendous amounts of pressure on a daily basis. Back
pains are something most people will experience at some point in their
life, and while many will go away without treatment, there are certain
conditions that are so consistent or debilitating that medical attention
is necessary. Our spinal care team is experienced in numerous procedures
that can alleviate back pain and provide long-term relief.
Spinal procedures we offer include:
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) – This treatment is commonly used to treat degenerative disc disease, alleviating
pain in the back or leg. In this procedure, the surgeon stabilizes the
spine by fusing vertebrae together with a bone graft. This prevents vertebrae
from rubbing against each other now that the disc can no longer absorb shock.
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy – A damaged disc is removed from the spine, removing unnecessary pressure
from the nerves and relieving back pain.
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement Prestige – A damaged sic is replaced with an implant that is specially designed
to maintain range-of-motion in the neck.
ILIF: Interlaminar Lumber Instrumented Fusion – A minimally invasive procedure where a device is implanted in the spine
to keep it stable. Commonly used for treating spinal stenosis and degenerative
Kyphoplasty – A popular, minimally invasive treatment for osteoporosis and compression
fractures. A balloon is placed in the vertebra and filled with a liquid
material that hardens and keeps the vertebra stable. This is a relatively
simple treatment with short recovery time.
Laminectomy – In this procedure, the surgeon removes a piece of bone called the lamina
from the vertebrae. This helps relieve nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis.
Lumbar Disc Microsurgery – A minimally invasive procedure used for treating leg pain caused by sciatica.
Using a small incision on the back, the surgeon removes a slipped (herniated)
disc in the spine to relieve nerve pressure.
Lumbar Bedicle Screw Fixation – A minimally invasive procedure wherein screws and rods are attached to
the spine. This is a spinal fusion procedure that helps to relieve pain
from several spinal conditions.
Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumber Interbody Fusion (TLIF) – Another minimally invasive procedure to remove damaged spinal discs. Only
a small incision in the back is required.
PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion – Degenerative disc disease can often cause pain in the legs and
back. This procedure relieves the pain through spinal fusion using a bone graft.
Spinal Fusion – A broad term for various forms of spinal surgery. This procedure
fuses together two or more vertebrae in the spine. This is a useful treatment
when discs in the spine have become damaged and can no longer protect
the nerves from pressure.
Head & Skull Procedures
Surgery on the skull and neck requires a skilled hand and in-depth knowledge
of the anatomy. At Cody Regional Health, our neurosurgeons have extensive
experience with a variety of head procedures. We will walk you through
the pre- and post-operative process so that you can walk into your operation
feeling prepared and confident.
Surgeries for the head and skull include:
Craniectomy for Chiari Malformation – A Chiari malformation is brain abnormality that causes part of it to extent
into the spinal canal. This procedure removes pieces of bone that could
damage the brain tissue if left unattended.
Cranioplasty – In this procedure, a plate is fitted over a damaged part of the skull
to protect the brain after the head has been damaged from a traumatic injury.
Craniotomy for Epidural Hematoma – When a blood clot forms between the skull and the brain membrane (an epidural
hematoma), this procedure is used to remove the clot, relieve pressure,
and restore normal blood flow.
Craniotomy for Intracerebral Hematoma – The removal of a blood clot that has formed inside the brain. These clots
can be the result of an injury, but they can also form spontaneously,
particularly in patients with high blood pressure.
Craniotomy for Brain Tumors – Another procedure wherein the surgeon creates an opening in the skull,
this time to remove brain tumors. This is a complex procedure that can
take several hours
Gama Knife Radiosurgery for Tumors – A cutting-edge, minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment for brain tumors.
This technology creates a highly concentrated dose of radiation that can
target tumors with extreme precision.
For more on neurosurgery at Cody Regional Health, call us at 307-578-2087.