Getting great care for a neurological problem doesn't have to mean leaving Maui. It's comforting to know that a board-certified neurologist at Maui Health can help you when you need it most.
Maui Health offers inpatient neurology care at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC). This means that a neurologist is always available, should you need specialized care during a hospital stay.
Our neurologists also provide 24/7 care for patients in the MMMC emergency room.
We treat a variety of neurological problems
Here are a few of the many conditions the neurology team at MMMC can diagnose and treat:
- Stroke. MMMC is a The Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center. This means that our experts have everything they need to rapidly diagnose and treat strokes right here on Maui.
- Cerebral aneurysm (a ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain).
- Subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage (bleeding around the brain).
- Seizure and epilepsy.
- Infections of the central nervous system, such as meningitis.
- Myelopathies (spinal cord diseases).
- Neuropathy (nerve damage).
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disease).
- Brain and spinal tumors.
The human brain: True or false?
Your brain is the most complex part of your body—controlling thought, movement and behavior. Scientists have learned more about it in the last few decades than in all of the previous centuries. So how much do you know about the human brain?
True or false: The brain weighs about 3 pounds.
True. Your brain could weigh a little more or a little less. But that wouldn't necessarily mean you were any more or less intelligent than most people.
True or false: The main intellectual part of the brain is toward the back of the head.
False. The part of the brain that holds your memories and allows you to think, plan and read books is the cerebrum. It's found in the forebrain—the biggest and most highly developed part of the brain.
True or false: The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body.
True. In addition, the left side of your brains controls the right side of your body. If one side of the brain is damaged—such as from a stroke—a person may lose functionality in the opposite side of the body.
True or false: The part of the brain that's responsible for pleasure can be damaged by drugs.
True. The brain's reward center releases a chemical know as dopamine, which causes a person to feel pleasure, like when they eat something tasty. However, illicit substances can overload the brain with dopamine—and, in time, make it difficult for a person to feel pleasure without drugs.
True or false: The brain is called "gray matter" because it's mostly a dark gray color.
False. The insulation around nerves in the brain actually makes most of it appear white. The term "gray matter" comes from the thin rind of tissue that coats the surface of much of the brain. This gray-colored rind of tissue is called the cortex.
Curious for more? There's a lot more to learn about.
Sources: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Institute on Drug Abuse
Advanced neurology procedures close to home
MMMC is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technologies that allow us to rapidly diagnose neurological problems. And if your condition could be helped by a medical procedure, we have you covered.
Our patients have access to:
- Neurosurgeons who are recognized throughout Hawaii and the mainland as leaders in their specialty.
- Interventional neuroradiology. Our team uses catheters and other instruments to treat conditions such as stroke and brain aneurysm.
Qualified and caring Maui neurologists
The neurologists at MMMC are part of Pacific Permanente Group. They're board-certified, highly trained and focused on providing compassionate, patient-centered care that is as good as any you might find outside Maui.
You can feel confident asking your provider to refer you to MMMC for specialized neurological care.