Neurologists and neurosurgeons in Frankfort, Kentucky

When your brain or nervous system requires care, our neurologists and neurosurgeons at Frankfort Regional Medical Center are here to help. Our board-certified neurology team are nationally recognized leaders providing comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients. They have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of neurological conditions. They all hold faculty positions at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and are actively involved in cutting-edge research in their field.

To schedule an appointment with a neurologist or neurosurgeon, call (877) 376-2631.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Frankfort Regional Medical Center provides a full range of neurological care services, from primary treatment to inpatient rehabilitation, through a partnership with the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Network.

Neurological conditions we treat

Our neurology team has extensive experience treating nervous system conditions, including:

  • Brain hemorrhages
  • Brain tumors
  • Epilepsy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Headache
  • Memory disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology disorders
  • Myasthenia gravis and neuromuscular disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
  • Peripheral nerve conditions
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Strokes
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and atypical facial pain

Stroke care

Our commitment to providing outstanding stroke care has earned us the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check Certification for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This means residents in our service area have access to better, faster treatment — especially important because, when it comes to stroke, "time is brain."

To learn more about our stroke care services, call our 24/7 team at (877) 376-2631.

Our specialists in emergency care at Frankfort Regional provides life-saving, expedite treatment for stroke within minutes of a patient's arrival. Our program is designed to diagnose a stroke and begin treatment quickly.

Types of stroke

Stroke is divided into two categories: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that’s supplying blood to the brain is blocked off by a clot or other entity. Hemorrhagic strokes, more commonly known as brain bleeds or bleeding in the brain, occurs when there’s a rupture of the blood vessel, leaking into the surrounding brain tissue.

Signs of a stroke

If you suspect a stroke, remember the acronym BE FAST to identity symptoms:

  • Balance: Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
  • Eyes: Is there sudden blurred or double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?
  • 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: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Stroke treatment options

We pride ourselves on providing individualized stroke care and planning for each patient’s individual needs. For ischemic strokes, clot-busting medication or clot retrieval devices can be used to reestablish blood flow to the brain and help improve outcomes. It is important to work as quickly as possible with ischemic stroke patients because the quicker you treat the symptoms, the better the chance for recovery.

Hemorrhagic strokes range in severity and they do not benefit from clot-busting medication or clot retrieval as ischemic strokes do. Treatment is primarily focused on reducing the impact of the hemorrhage on the surrounding brain tissue.

Stroke prevention

Our comprehensive care includes stroke prevention. Lifestyle modification is very important for avoiding stroke. Two major factors that can help you reduce your risk for stroke include smoking cessation and improving your level of physical activity.

If you smoke, consider cutting back or quitting altogether. Tobacco smoke can made your blood thicker, increasing the risk for blood clots, narrowing the arteries and restricting oxygen in the blood.

Physical activity benefits your cardiovascular health and your brain health. Exercising at least three times a week for 30 minutes can help reduce your risk for stroke. This is especially true for people who work more sedentary, office-style jobs, where they are not as active throughout the day.