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Published on May 05, 2014

Jefferson neurosurgeons now treating brain, neck, and spine issues at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

Top-ranked physicians providing complex brain and spine care in Philadelphia

surgeryDon’t be surprised to learn that some of Philadelphia’s leading neurosurgeons are on staff at your local hospital. Through a collaboration with the Jefferson Neuroscience Network, surgeons are now treating patients with medical issues affecting the brain, spine and neck at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

That collaboration means the quality of neurosurgery care at Mercy is world class, says Kevin Judy, MD, director of the Mercy Neurosurgery program. The team at Mercy Philadelphia is able to treat a broad range of brain and spinal tumors, including tumors that develop from cancer elsewhere in the body, such as lung and breast cancer. The Neurosurgery team is also equipped to treat meningiomas, tumors that grow from the covering of the brain, many of which are benign.

Mercy Philadelphia can treat brain tumors through a variety of means, including chemotherapy and radiation, as well as whole-brain radiation and craniotomy, where surgeons make a small incision in the skull to remove a tumor.

“Craniotomies are successful surgeries; more than 90 percent of patients who have them have their tumors fully removed and fully recover,” says Dr. Judy.

Patients may be understandably nervous when told they may need brain or spine surgery, but Dr. Judy and his team want to assure them of the best possible outcome.

“Patients can now be evaluated by a top-ranked physician who is able to provide complex spine care—with the added benefit of being able to stay at your local hospital,” says Joshua Heller, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in spinal surgery.

“We have the ability to treat most spinal conditions at Mercy, and the power of Jefferson for complex cases that require the resources of a tertiary care academic center.”

TOP-RANKED EXPERTISE Learn about the advanced neurosurgical treatments available at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital by calling 1.877.GO MERCY or visiting mercyhealth.org/neurosurgery.

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