Thursday , 26 April 2018

Beyond the Brain

By Baylor Medical Center at McKinney

When the brain and spine are involved, things can get complicated. That’s where Baylor McKinney comes in.

The complexity of the human brain and nervous system is truly awe-inspiring. And when something goes wrong with either one, the result can be devastating. That’s why it’s comforting to know that Baylor Medical Center at McKinney is equipped with the expertise and technology to effectively diagnose and treat these kinds of conditions. J. Keith Preston, MD, a neurosurgeon on the medical staff at Baylor McKinney, offers an overview of Baylor McKinney’s neurosurgery department.

A Spectrum of Services
Baylor McKinney offers a full range of neurosurgical services and can care for a variety of brain and spine disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia and certain spine problems.

“Twenty-four-hour neurosurgical on-call coverage and staffing ensures immediate availability for both emergent and elective evaluation and treatment of neurological problems,” Dr. Preston says.

Advanced Technology
“We’re equipped with advanced diagnostic, procedural and surgical equipment,” Dr. Preston says. As a new facility, certain technological advances have been incorporated into the infrastructure of the hospital.

Highly Trained Staff
The support staff and physicians on the medical staff at Baylor McKinney are experienced in providing quality neurosurgical care. ”Providing quality neurosurgery services is a top priority for hospital administration as well, which helps advance our hospital to the forefront of this complex and exciting area,” Dr. Preston says.

Is It Something Serious?
Neurological conditions can present in a number of ways, and it often takes people months or even
years to seek treatment—or even realize there’s a problem. “And that can be a bad thing,” says J. Keith Preston, MD, a neurosurgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney. “For many conditions, like spinal stenosis and spondylosis, earlier treatment can help slow the progression of the disease and minimize damage over the long-term.”

Here are a few symptoms that may indicate a neurological issue. “If you or someone you love is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor or a specialist promptly,” Dr. Preston says.

  • Strange skin sensations: Burning, numbness or prickly feelings.
  • Muscles acting strangely: Muscle weakness, paralysis or sensitivity.
  • Interruption of normal bodily functions: Extreme perspiration, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or difficulty controlling your bladder.
  • Persistent or progressive pain: Pain that is not responsive to typical over-the-counter medications—especially in the neck and lower back—or that radiates into the arms or legs.
  • Difficulty with concentration: Trouble thinking clearly or increasing forgetfulness.

Need Support?
Whether you’ve suffered a stroke or have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, Baylor McKinney offers the quality compassionate care you need. To learn more, call 1.800.4BAYLOR.

About Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Located at the northwest corner of Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive, Baylor McKinney features a 95-bed, full-service hospital and surrounding medical office campus. Hospital services include heart and vascular, cancer, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, level III NICU with private suites, digestive diseases, orthopedics, general surgery, neurology, internal medicine, emergency care, and outpatient services. For information visit

About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4.1 billion in total operating revenue, $5.3 billion in total assets and $502 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2011 (as reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services).  Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 30 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 190 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics.

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