Expert brain surgery in San Diego

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Expert brain surgery in San Diego

Scripps neurosurgeons are recognized experts in brain surgery and combine advanced techniques with state-of-the-art technology, including minimally invasive brain surgery treatments that require no incisions.

Given the complex nature of brain disorders and conditions, our neurosurgeons often collaborate with specialists in neurology, neuroradiology, pain management and orthopedic surgery. Our team approach ensures that our patients receive comprehensive, personalized treatment plans based on the latest in neuroscience.

It is because of this exceptional care that Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital are recognized as one of San Diego’s best hospitals for neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Brain surgery treatments

Scripps neurosurgeons in San Diego treat brain disorders using a range of surgical techniques customized to each patient’s diagnosis, medical history and personal preferences. Treatments include the following highly specialized procedures.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS)

Deep brain stimulation therapy involves electrodes implanted inside the brain that help control involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Stereotactic radiosurgery

This targeted treatment delivers a high dose of radiation to a precise location to kill cancer cells while protecting surrounding healthy tissue and organs from radiation damage. Scripps offers state-of-the-art stereotactic radiosurgery at our radiation therapy centers in Torrey Pines and Vista.

Spine surgery

Our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons perform a full range of spine surgery treatments for neck and back pain.

Neurointerventional surgery

Minimally invasive neurointerventional surgery uses imaging combined with microcatheters to diagnose and treat vascular disorders in the brain.

Cerebrovascular surgery

Cerebrovascular surgery treats disorders of the veins and arteries within the brain and neck.

Chronic pain surgery

Our neurologists use a variety of surgical techniques to treat chronic pain originating in the brain or spine.

Hydrocephalus surgery

Hydrocephalus surgery removes the build-up of fluid inside the skull.


Pallidotomy is the removal of a small section of the brain thought to be responsible for involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Neurosurgery recovery

Following your neurosurgery, Scripps helps you return to your usual activities with services to help you recover, including pain management, physical rehabilitation and integrative medicine.


Scripps Health offers neurosurgery and follow-up care at the following locations in San Diego County:

We are now offering Video Visits for some specialty care appointments. If you are interested in scheduling a Video Visit, contact the provider’s office directly. The doctor’s office will work with you to determine if this is the right type of visit for you.