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Brain & Spine

As a result of demonstrating exceptional quality of spinal care and patient satisfaction, Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas is designated a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Our highly trained and experienced spine surgeons offer a variety of treatment options for spinal care. When Wichita locals need emergency surgery for spinal conditions, they choose Wesley’s spine surgeons.

Neurodiagnostic services

Wesley's neurodiagnostic lab provides inpatient and outpatient testing to diagnose disorders of the brain and nervous system. Testing procedures can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient. Our medical center is equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology and procedural equipment to ensure the highest quality of care possible and meet national standards.

Test include:

  • EEG - An EEG records the brain's electrical activity, using electrodes that are placed on the patient's scalp. The test is not painful and takes about 90 minutes while the patient remains still and relaxed. The patient may be asked to take repeated deep breaths and may be shown a strobe light that flashes at different speeds. Both activities can help reveal different brain patterns that help doctors make the correct diagnosis.
  • EP – An EP is a digital recording of electrical activity from the brain, spinal nerves or sensory receptors in response to specific external stimulation. After electrodes are applied to the scalp and other areas of the body, a series of stimuli is introduced and a computer records the neurological responses. EPs are helpful in evaluating a number of different neurological problems, including spinal cord injuries, acoustic neuroma and optic neuritis.
  • AEP – The AEP assists in evaluating the auditory nerve pathways from the ears through the brainstem. Electrodes are attached to the scalp and earlobes, and earphones are placed over the ears. The earphones deliver a series of clicks or tones to each ear separately.
  • Visual EP - The VEP evaluates the visual nervous system from the eyes to the occipital (visual) cortex of the brain. Electrodes are applied to the scalp, and the patient is usually asked to stare at a pattern on a video screen while remaining fully alert. Each eye is tested separately.
    • SSEP - The SSEP assesses pathways from nerves in the arms or legs, through the spinal cord to the brainstem or cerebral cortex. After electrodes are placed on the scalp and along the spinal cord, a small electrical signal is applied to the skin overlying nerves on the arms and legs. This current creates a tingling sensation that is not painful. Each leg or arm is tested separately.
    Long-term EEG with video monitoring - Long-term monitoring is the simultaneous recording of EEG and videotaped behavior over extended periods of time. It is helpful in diagnosing patients with intermittent or infrequent disturbances. These lengthy tests are performed in the lab, using special computers.

Neurocritical care unit

Wesley Medical Center is proud to unveil our new neurocritical care unit within the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit. The neurocritical care unit will be open 24/7 for patients suffering from strokes, status epilepticus and sub-archnoid bleeds.

“This will be a great benefit for the community. With strokes, the more time you lose, the more deficit you’re going to have. This unit here in Wichita is the only neurocritical care unit in the region with all board-certified medical staff and has the potential to save a lot of lives. We are very excited.” – Laxmi Dhakal, MD,  neurocritical care unit medical director.

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