Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute
We treat more neurology and neurosurgery patients than any other hospital in the country. Our nationally renowned neurosurgeons are committed to exceeding clinical and quality measures, maximizing the use of research and improving the patient experience to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.
The Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute is in the heart of Central Florida, on the campus of Florida Hospital Orlando, the flagship hospital of the Florida Hospital system. We are a member of Adventist Health System - a network of 40+ hospitals across the United States. Florida Hospital has annually been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "One of the Best Hospitals" in the nation.
Since 1908, Florida Hospital has been committed to the people of Central Florida. Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. We believe our success has been achieved through a combination of our compassionate whole-person (mind, body & spirit) care, a top-quality medical team, an active research program and continued innovation.
We provide treatment for a wide variety of pituitary conditions, including:
- Malignant gliomas
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Pineal region tumors
- Pituitary adenomas
The goal of the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute's Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery (MIBS) Program is to provide patients with the most advanced minimally invasive options available, all while helping them to navigate each step of their healthcare journey.
Commonly performed procedures include:
Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery
The Gamma Knife Program at Florida Hospital Orlando was established in 1996, the first and still the only one of its kind in Central Florida. The program has treated thousands of patients from around the world with a multitude of different brain lesions. Gamma Knife delivers precisely directed radiation to the most complex tumors while protecting surrounding tissues and structures from exposure to radiation. It can treat multiple lesions in one session. Typically, patients go home the same day following the outpatient procedure; general anesthesia is not required.
We have one of the largest and most experienced teams in the country. The program utilizes the Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ — considered the “gold standard” of care and one of the most technologically advanced non-invasive brain surgery techniques available anywhere. At Florida Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of specialists, including neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and medical physicists, meet weekly to review patient cases, determine the best treatment option specific to each patient's condition and establish a comprehensive plan of care.
Endoscopic Endonasal Skull-Base Surgery
Endoscopic endonasal skull-base surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique performed through the nose to remove brain tumors, pituitary tumors and other lesions at the base of skull. The GPS-like neuronavigation system used in this surgery is inserted through the nose, allowing the surgeon to navigate to the tumor safely and remove it without any large incisions. The camera allows for greater visibility when working within the small corridors of the brain and skull base. The high-definition lighting ensures there is minimal disturbance to other parts of the brain while maximizing the surgeon's ability to visualize the area that needs to be removed or repaired. This procedure often takes less than four hours to complete, and patients typically go home in one to three days. Patients who have this procedure done typically have shorter anesthesia times, improved outcomes, faster recovery, less pain and no scars compared to traditional open brain surgery.
Image-guided Stereotactic Neurosurgery
This surgery detects and destroys brain tumors with immense accuracy. Advanced computers create a 3-D image of the tumor, allowing our surgeon to target abnomal tumor tissue and preserve a greater amount of adjacent healthy tissue. The 3-D image provides surgeons with a "real-time" reference to guide tumor removal - a type of surgical navigation. The surgery leave more healthy brain tissue intact, so there are fewer long-term side effects.
Traditional Open Surgery
In addition to minimally invasive surgical approaches, our team is trained and experienced in all traditional approaches to the brain, so they fully understand all of the options available to them. This expertise allows our neurosurgeons to develop the best treatment plan for each patient, utilizing the technique or combination of techniques that offers the best opportunity for returning the patient to a high-quality life. Although some lesions can be treated by a MIBS approach, individual characteristics of the problem relative to each patient's anatomy may make an open approach safer or more successful. By having a team experienced in both approaches, patients have access to all options when making an educated decision on how to manage their neurological disorder.
Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute
601 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Contact: Denal Wilson, BSN, RN, OCN, Clinical Care Coordinator
Phone: (407) 303-7944
Fax: (407) 303-9799