Innovative Treatments

SNI specialists are able to select from a wide range of innovative treatments to design customized treatment plans that will achieve the very best outcomes for their patients.

Interventional neuroradiology


Deep brain stimulation

Minimally invasive spine surgery


Skull-base neuro-otology

Stereotactic radiosurgery

Interventional neuroradiology is the treatment of disorders of the blood vessels in the neck and brain (cerebrovascular disease) from inside the blood vessels. The physician threads tiny tubes (micro catheters) through the blood vessel to the area that needs treatment.

This type of non-surgical procedure might be used to open a blockage, to place a stent to strengthen a weakened blood vessel, or to treat vascular malformations, aneurysms, and tumors of the brain, spine or head and neck, and other conditions that were previously considered untreatable.

Neurostimulation delivers low-voltage electrical stimulation to the spinal cord or to a specific nerve or group of nerves to block the sensation of pain.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment to control the effects of various movement disorders, such as essential tremor, dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. SNI movement disorder specialists determine whether a patient meets the criteria for deep brain stimulation. Together, the DBS specialists at SNI have more than 50 years of experience.

Minimally invasive spine surgery makes it possible for surgeons to repair and treat many conditions of the spine using very small incisions, rather than one large incision. Extremely small cameras give the surgeon visibility inside the body. There is less risk of infection and blood loss, and the patient has a shorter recovery time with this type of surgery.

Microsurgery allows surgeons to use microscopes and miniature instruments to perform intricate procedures on very small structures. At SNI, neurosurgeons use microsurgery to perform complex surgeries on brain aneurysms and other specialized treatments that were previously considered inoperable.

Skull-base neuro-otology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the inner ear and base of the skull, such as acoustic neuromas, and pituitary and other skull-base tumors. SNI has a specially trained team of skull-base neuro-otology specialists.

Stereotactic radiosurgery uses 3-D imaging and highly sophisticated radiation therapy technology to precisely deliver multiple beams of radiation from various angles and locations to treat a specific area of the body. The Swedish Radiosurgery Center is the only medical facility in the Pacific Northwest that has both CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery systems for treating cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors. At SNI, neurosurgeons also use Gamma Knife to treat other neurological conditions, such as arteriovenous malformations, trigeminal neuralgia and essential tremor.