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Offering Hope for Patients with Neurological Disorders

By definition, a neurological disorder is a disease or abnormality of the brain, spinal cord or the nerves that connect them. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of people across the globe are affected by neurological disorders. This means people all over the world are experiencing difficulties moving, talking, breathing, swallowing or learning.

The Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Mission Hospital is dedicated to providing hope to patients suffering with neurological disorders. The MNI, became complete with the latest technology and state-of-the art surgical operating suites in
September 2014. “The new surgical floor marked the completion of the MNI because all elements of neuroscience and spine care are available to patients and their families in the same patient tower,” said Farzad Massoudi, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon and medical director of the MNI. “Now, with the technology and clinical expertise, our focus is to utilize these resources to help our patients and potentially cure neurological disorders.” Neurological disorders span from a numerous array of causes, such as genetic disorders, developmental problems of the nervous system, damage to nerve cells, blood vessel diseases, cancer, injuries and infections.

The MNI treats a wide variety of neurological conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • ƒƒAlzheimer’s disease
  • ƒƒEpilepsy
  • ƒƒParkinson’s disease
  • ƒƒTumors in the brain and spinal cord
  • ƒƒStroke and other cerebrovascular diseases
  • ƒƒNeurogenic paralysis
  • ƒƒTraumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck pain
  • ƒƒHeadaches

Many of these diseases and ailments of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves connecting them are, and have been, eminent health care topics around the world since their discovery. However, it’s not always the disorders themselves at the
center of discussion; it’s the side effects that accompany the neurological diseases and disorders that can be debilitating for patients.

For example, Parkinson’s disease is characterized most commonly by physical shaking or tremors.
Over time, Parkinson’s can impair a person’s ability to move and eventually to speak. Alexander Taghva, MD, neurosurgeon and movement disorder expert at Mission Hospital, explained how the MNI provides a platform for forward progress in treating neurological disorders. “Having the technology and structural set-up of the MNI are important aspects of patient
care, but what we can do with the technology and resources are what make the MNI unique. For instance, offering minimally invasive surgical treatment options to stop tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease can be life changing for patients and their families.”

Whether you or a loved one is suffering from a neurological condition, the MNI is a pioneer in providing the latest research,
education, prevention, diagnosis, and personalized treatment of neurological diseases and disorders. In addition to the
innovative technology and a dedicated team of clinical experts and support staff, Mission Hospital introduced their collaborative
agreement with the Cleveland Clinic last fall. “This collaboration through the MNI has and will continue to accelerate Mission Hospital’s progress in delivering world-class neuroscience and spine care,” Dr. Massoudi added.

For more information about the MNI at Mission Hospital, visit