Neurosurgery - Subsections
ll neurosurgical specialties are represented within the section. These pages detail the nature of specialization within each subsection, along with an overview of the medical conditions treated.

Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

This specialization deals with the diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, such as intracranial aneurysms, brain and spinal vascular malformations, and strokes.

Cranial Nerve Disorders

The Centre for Cranial Nerve Disorders specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving the cranial nerves, from various neuralgias to dystonia, tinnitus, and vertigo.

Gamma Knife Neurosurgery

Gamma knife surgery (GKS) is a minimally invasive procedure performed by neurosurgeons and their colleagues from radiation oncology and medical physics. It is used most often to treat benign tumours (and some malignant tumours), arteriovenous malformations (AVM), and disorders of abnormal function, such as trigeminal neuralgia.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Winnipeg Children's Hospital is home to this specialization, which deals with disorders unique to the developing brain and spinal cord in children, from infancy to age 18. Disorders treated include brain tumours, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, spinal disorders, spasticity, trauma, and craniofacial disorders.

Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

This specialization treats various movement, pain, and seizure disorders, as well as some cases of certain psychiatric disorders (depression and obsessive compulsive disorder). Stereotactically guided procedures include biopsies, catheter placements, and craniotomies with both frame-based and frameless systems.


This specialization is focussed on the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours, within the context of a strong multidisciplinary team approach. Its practitioners are involved in many clinical research protocols within CancerCare Manitoba.

Complex Spinal Neurosurgery

The Winnipeg Spine Program comprises a multidisciplinary team of spinal orthopedic surgeons and spinal neurosurgeons trained to treat complex spinal disorders. The Spine Program is a national leader in the development and use of minimally invasive spinal procedures.