Neurologist in Los Angeles

The board-certified neurologists and medical staff at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center treat neurological conditions affecting the brain, spine and nervous system. We provide high-quality care to patients and are dedicated to offering comprehensive treatment while caring for patients and families through continued support and education.

For more information about our neurological services, call (818) 676-4000

Conditions we treat

Neurology is the study and treatment of diseases of the nervous system including the brain and spinal cord. Our neurology center specialists help the young to senior citizens with neurological disorders which include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Brain and spine injuries
  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Strokes

Procedures we perform

If you should need surgical procedure for a neurological condition, our highly skilled specialists perform state-of-the-art brain, spinal cord and spine surgery using traditional and minimally invasive techniques including:

  • Aneurysm repair
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) surgery (closes an abnormal connection between blood vessels that usually occurs in the brain)
  • Craniotomies (procedure in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull to access the brain)
  • Interventional neurology (uses catheters and radiology to diagnose and treat various conditions and diseases of the central nervous system)
  • Skull base surgery (removes both benign and cancerous growths, and abnormalities on the underside of the brain)
  • Traumatic brain Injury treatment
  • Trigeminal myalgia treatment (procedure to treat chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face)
  • Tumor resections (removes tumors for the brain)

Spine-related pain relief

We also offer options for relief of spine-related pain. These include operative (traditional and minimally invasive) and non-operative (selective spinal injections) treatment modalities/options to spinal disease.

Traumatic Brain Injury from falls and stroke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability in The United States among Americans age 65 and older due to traumatic brain injuries because of falls. Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Someone dies from a stroke every 5.1 minutes. Strokes, often called "brain attacks," are a leading cause of death and long-term disability. Yearly, 750,000 Americans experience stroke and about 160,000 die from it. 500,000 strokes are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent.

Spine-related pain relief

We also offer options for relief of spine-related pain. These include operative (traditional and minimally invasive) and non-operative (selective spinal injections) treatment modalities/options to spinal disease.

Stroke treatment

The multidisciplinary stroke team of doctors and nurses at our hospital are equipped to treat stroke patients, and to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible. Our emergency department has implemented an acute stroke protocol to rapidly evaluate n and treat patients

Call 911 immediately if you think you or a loved one is having a stroke.

Types of strokes

There are two types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Both types can cause damage to the brain, but have different causes. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain — often due to a ruptured aneurysm — that puts pressure on the brain. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in an artery supplying blood to the brain that deprives the brain of vital blood flow and oxygen supply.

Hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes are treated differently, as they are caused by different occurrences in the body.

Stroke symptoms

Having a stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency.

Act FAST at these common signs of a stroke:

  • FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Speech or language difficulty. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Is the person confused? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
  • TIME: CALL 9-1-1: If the patient suddenly shows any of these symptoms or they are accompanied by loss of vision or double vision, loss of balance with dizziness, or "the worst headache of his/her life." Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and clumsiness. There may be a sudden loss of strength or sensation in the face, arm or leg, or a combination of the three.

Stroke risk factors

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a person's risk of experiencing a stroke including:

  • Being overweight
  • Diagnosed carotid artery disease
  • Diagnosed diabetes
  • Diagnosed sickle cell anemia
  • Diagnoses atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • High cholesterol
  • High red blood cell count
  • History of transient ischemic strokes (TIAs), also known as "mini strokes"
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Use of certain illegal drugs