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Brain and spine surgery in Wisconsin

Neurosurgeons at Ascension Wisconsin provide advanced surgical care for brain and spine tumors, diseases and injuries.

Getting the right brain and spine care at the right time is critical for your health. When surgery has been recommended as part of your care plan, neurosurgeons at Ascension Wisconsin are here for you. Our neurosurgeons have the experience and the expertise to diagnose and treat brain, spine and peripheral nerve conditions. We offer care options including non-surgical treatment, minimally invasive surgery and complex neurosurgical care. 

Advanced spine surgery

Your neurosurgeon starts by listening to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we create a personalized care plan to help you get back to what you love. We provide nonsurgical and surgical treatments for conditions affecting the lower back, such as:

  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Herniated disc
  • Low back pain
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Vertebral fracture (compression fracture) 
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction 
  • Sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy 
  • Spinal tumors 

Surgery is not always the first treatment option. Whenever possible, we recommend non-surgical treatments, including steroid injections for pain management, physical therapy and acupuncture to help reduce numbness, weakness and pain. When surgery is recommended, our surgeons use advanced image-guided technology.  

Minimally invasive treatments include:

  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Sacroiliac fusion    

Other surgery options include:

  • Anterior lumbar fusion
  • Coccygectomy
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Interspinous space (coflex)
  • Posterior lumbar fusion

Neurosurgeons also specialize in cervical spine conditions affecting your neck. We use diagnostic imaging and functional neurological tests to detect the cause of your pain, weakness or numbness. 

We also treat additional conditions affecting the spine and neck, including: 

  • Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Herniated disc
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical radiculopathy 
  • Vertebral fracture
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Spinal cord injury (including central cord syndrome)
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal pain
  • Spinal tumor

 Your treatment plan for these conditions may include:  

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Cervical artificial discs
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Posterior cervical fusions
  • Posterior cervical laminectomy 

Neurosurgical care for brain tumors and other brain conditions

Neurosurgeons provide personalized care for conditions that affect your brain, including vascular malformations, intracranial bleeds, brain tumors and other conditions. When you choose Ascension Wisconsin for your care, you have access to a network of neurosurgical services, including diagnostic imaging, neurologic evaluations, surgical intervention and neurorehabilitation therapies.  

We provide advanced care for many brain conditions, including:  

Vascular brain conditions:

  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Cerebral aneurysm 

Intracranial bleeds:

  • Epidural hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Subdural hemorrhage 

Brain tumors:

  • Astrocytoma
  • Brain metastasis
  • Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Meningioma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Pituitary adenoma  

Other brain conditions:

  • Arnold chiari malformation
  • Aqueductal stenosis
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Skull fractures 

Other conditions and treatments:  

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Baclofen/pain pump
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Vagal nerve stimulator

Find a neurosurgeon

Experienced neurosurgeons and care teams are close to home in Wisconsin. Ask if a virtual (telehealth) consultation is available for your first appointment. 

Wonhong David Min, MD
Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital - Milwaukee Campus

Andrew Beykovsky, MD
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Elmbrook Campus

Kenneth Reichert, MD
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Elmbrook Campus

Ashley Henning, PA-C
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Elmbrook Campus

Alison Ketterhagen, PA-C
Ascension All Saints Hospital - Medical Office Buildings A & B - Spring Street Campus

Jennifer Vanderpool, PA-C
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Elmbrook Campus

 If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911. Getting the right care at the right time is critical for your health.