Neuroscience Institute

Overview

Spine, Cranial, and Endovascular Surgery

At Montclair Neuroscience Institute, our multidisciplinary team provides exemplary and comprehensive medical care for a myriad of spine and brain related conditions. Our doctors and staff are trained to address your unique needs. Our goal is to educate and involve our patients in their treatments by communicating in clear, understandable language and get you involved in your own recovery.

Our fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians with sub-specialties in spine and brain (open and endovascular) are experienced and skilled in the full scope surgery including minimally invasive, simple, complex and revision procedures.

Our physicians

Robert F. Heary, MD

Chief, Division of Neurosurgery

Ahsan Sattar, MD

Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery & Stoke

Dr. Mark Drzala

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Heidi Hullinger

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Reza Karimi

Neurosurgery

Dr. Henry Moyle

Neurosurgery

Dr. Giorgio Rotoli

Neurosurgery

Dr. Daniel Walzman

Neurosurgery

Dr. Jonathan Yun

Neurosurgery

Our physicians specialize in:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Endoscopic spinal surgery
  • Microdiscectomy surgery
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty procedures
  • Laminectomy surgery
  • Spine fusion surgery
  • Spine deformity/scoliosis correction surgery
  • Vertebral and spinal cord tumor surgery
  • Spinal vascular lesion surgery
  • Complex revision spine surgery
  • Complex spinal reconstruction surgery
  • Neurostimulator placement and revision
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Skull base tumor surgery
  • Cerebrovascular surgery
  • Endovascular surgery
  • Arachnoid cysts surgery
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Encephalocele (cerebral spinal fluid leak)
  • Facial nerve disorders
  • Meningioma surgery
  • Trigeminal neuralgia surgery
  • Vascular decompression surgery
  • Vascular malformations surgery
  • Chiari Malformation surgery
  • Brain and Spine Trauma

Mountainside Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center

Clinical Trials

Our physicians participate in nationally recognized clinical trials to improve cervical and lumbar spine care, as well as acute stroke interventions, while combining medical advances with optimal patient care.

Please call our office at (973) 429-6770 to schedule an appointment.

The Montclair Neuroscience Institute is located at 1 Bay Avenue Montclair, New Jersey, in the Harries Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Suite 5.

Stroke Care

Advanced Stroke Program at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center

Meet our Skilled Stroke Team

Ahsan Sattar, MD

Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery

Kelsey Vander Werff, PhD, MS, ATC

Director of Neurosciences

Melissa Santoro, RN, BSN, NVRN-BC

Stroke Coordinator

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a decrease in blood supply to the brain, affecting the oxygen and nutrients delivered to the tissues. As a result, the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it requires and affected territories of the brain die.

Stroke Signs & Symptoms

Strokes have abrupt and alarming symptoms. Even if any of these last only a few moments and disappear, they may be signs of a serious condition that requires medical care:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden vision difficulty in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Types of Strokes

  • Ischemic Strokes, about 87% of all strokes, occur when a clot or mass, often a fatty plaque deposit, clogs a blood vessel cutting off the blood flow to brain cells.
  • Hemorrhagic Strokes result when a weakened vessel ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain tissue. The blood accumulates and forms a bruise within the brain tissue, compressing brain cells and causing them to die.
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs), often called “mini strokes,” produce stroke-like symptoms. A TIA is caused by a clot but unlike a stroke, the blockage is temporary and usually causes no permanent damage to the brain. TIA's are medical emergencies that require immediate treatment and are commonly a warning sign of a stroke. Individuals who suffer from a TIA are 10 times more likely to experience a stroke.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Approximately 80% of stroke are preventable, small lifestyle changes may reduce your stroke risk. High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor.

  • High blood pressure
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Mountainside Medical Center’s Stroke Program is Good as Gold

Did you know Mountainside Medical Center is a recipient of the 2019 "Stroke Gold Plus" Performance Achievement Award from "Get with the Guidelines" the highest level of distinction?

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The Joint Commission

Meets standards for

Primary Stroke Center

Stroke Certification

Mountainside Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus and Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll Quality Achievement Awards. The Gold Plus Award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Montclair Spine Center

Neck and Back Pain at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center

About the Spine

The human spine is comprised of 7 cervical (neck) bones (called vertebrae), 12 thoracic (mid back) vertebrae, 5 lumbar (low back) vertebrae, and 1 fused sacrum. Together the spine provides protection around the spinal cord, while also allowing us to stand upright, bend, twist, and absorb shock.

Do you suffer from neck or back pain?

  • Have you had pain for more than three months?
  • Has your pain affected your ability to work, caused a disability or interfered with your independence?
  • Have you experienced a fall, motor vehicle accident, or injury that has deteriorated your quality of life or hampered your mobility or ability to perform daily activities?
  • Have you failed conservative treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and steroid injections?
  • Does your pain or symptoms radiate into your arms or legs?
  • Are you experiencing any weakness in the arms or legs? Difficulty walking or performing daily tasks?

If you are suffering from neck or back pain after a light game of tennis, pain after prolonged walking, standing, or sitting, we can relive your suffering and help you live your life to the fullest.

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Prevention:

  • Once the severity of pain has decreased with rest, ice, and NSAIDS, a rehabilitation program to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles can help prevent recurrences.
  • Posture! The goal is neutral spine, not slumped or over-arched.
  • Proper body mechanics, especially when lifting (use your legs).

At The Montclair Neuroscience Institute, our multidisciplinary team provides exemplary and comprehensive medical care for a myriad of spine related conditions. Our doctors and staff are trained to address your unique needs. Our goal is to educate and involve our patients in their treatments by communicating in clear, understandable language and get you involved in your own recovery.

Many times surgery is not the immediate answer, our providers work closely with our Comprehensive Pain Management Center, offering comprehensive strategies relative to pain control including; physical therapy, chiropractic care, steroid injections, non-opioid medications, and other alternative to fit your individual needs.

Our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons with sub-specialties in spine are experienced and skilled in the full scope surgery including minimally invasive, simple, complex, and revision procedures.

Our physicians specialize in treating:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated/bulging discs
  • Spinal instability
  • Spinal deformity
  • Chiari malformation
  • Spinal cord tumors

Montclair Neuroscience Institute Procedures:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Endoscopic spinal surgery
  • Microdiscectomy surgery
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty procedures
  • Laminectomy surgery
  • Spine fusion surgery
  • Spine deformity/scoliosis correction surgery
  • Vertebral and spinal cord tumor surgery
  • Spinal vascular lesion surgery
  • Complex revision spine surgery
  • Complex spinal reconstruction surgery
  • Neurostimulator placement and revision
  • Arachnoid cysts surgery
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Encephalocele (cerebral spinal fluid leak)
  • Chiari Malformation surgery
  • Spine Trauma

Post-Operative Care

Our Intensive Care Unit and Medical Surgical floor provide 24/7 round the clock specialized care for our patients to maximize each patient’s chance for a full recovery. Additionally, our physicians, nurses, and house staff receive specialized training for our neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery patients and are experienced in caring for our post-operative spine patients.

Post-Operative Rehabilitation

After spine surgery, we provide follow-up care based upon individual patient needs, including restrictions with cervical collars and spine bracing. If rehabilitation therapy is required, our skilled physical, occupational, and speech therapists can provide meaningful, personalized assistance.

Research Clinical Trials

Our physicians participate in nationally recognized clinical trials to improve cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine care, while combining medical advances with optimal patient care.

Location and Hours of Service

Please call our office at (973) 429-6770 to schedule an appointment The Montclair Neuroscience Institute is located in Suite 5 on the second floor of the Harries Pavilion at 1 Bay Avenue Montclair, New Jersey.

Where do I park?

Free parking is provided for appointment, tests, and procedure patients in the parking lot conveniently located across the street from the Harries Pavilion entrance on Highland Avenue. Patient will receive a free parking token from our staff upon return of their visitor badge. Complimentary Valet parking is also available, if preferred.

Emergency Department

The entrance to the Mountainside Emergency Department is located on Walnut Crescent across from the main parking deck. Patient care is provided to our patients 24 hours a day, seven days per week. At Mountainside Medical Center, one of our Neurosurgeons is on call 24/7/365 for acute and urgent matters.

Location

Mountainside Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center

Specialized 24/7 Emergency Care

Our Primary Stroke Center offers 24/7/365 skilled stroke care by our expert team of Stroke Neurologists, Interventional Neurologists, Endovascular Neurosurgeons, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeons, and Neurointensivists. Mountainside offers t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator), the FDA-approved clot-dissolving drug therapy for stroke. Our physicians are experienced in performing Acute Stroke Thrombectomy procedures, a technique used to remove the clot from the blocked artery in the brain, as well as a myriad of other specialized stroke procedures. The addition of our brand new state of the art Siemens Biplane Endovascular Suite enables our physicians to perform minimally invasive and cutting edge treatments to our patients. Our Intensive Care Unit provides 24/7 round the clock specialized care for our critically ill patients to maximize each patient’s chance for a full recovery.

Post-Stroke Care & Rehabilitation

In the aftermath of stroke, we provide skilled follow-up care based upon individual patient needs. If rehabilitation therapy is required, our skilled physical, occupational, and speech therapists can provide meaningful, personalized assistance.

Location and Hours of Service

The entrance to the Mountainside Emergency Department is located on Walnut Crescent across from the main parking deck. Patient care is provided to our patients 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

Time is BRAIN when symtoms of a stroke occur.

Rapid and innovative treatment can save lives reducing the incidence of long term disability.

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To schedule an outpatient stroke appointment, please call 973-429-6770.