Our Consultation & Treatment Process
If you are consulting us, it typically means that your primary care physician is concerned that you may have a brain or spine condition that needs treatment. Once we get this referral we will schedule you for an appointment in our office to assess your condition, review any imaging that you may have had completed, and determine the best course of treatment for you.
To prepare for this appointment, you may want to read through some of the information below.
When you come for an appointment at Portland Neurosurgery we take the time to create the best treatment plan possible. We do this by reviewing the history of your condition and general health. We then perform a physical exam and review any imaging studies or diagnostic studies you have had. In most cases, the decision of how to proceed with treatment will be up to you.
We encourage you to make the decision for treatment based on your quality of life and how significantly your symptoms are affecting you. We encourage you to ask whatever questions you need to make an informed decision.
We are dedicated to being honest with you regarding your diagnosis and explaining the probable outcomes of your treatment, whether that includes surgery or not.
Neurosurgery involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves that run throughout the body. This also includes their blood supply and supporting structures. Treatment for these conditions may be surgical or non-surgical, determined by the type and severity of the specific problem.
The most common symptoms of neurosurgical conditions include pain, abnormal sensations such as numbness or tingling, and weakness, or difficulty using your arms or legs. They may also cause difficulty with walking, balancing, or changes to your bowel or bladder habits. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek medical care.
At Portland Neurosurgery we are here to offer guidance, empathy, expert diagnosis, and treatment options that can help restore your quality of life and get you back to doing the things you love.
Once you have made an appointment at our office you will be sent a packet via mail, e-mail, or our patient portal. This packet will include some paperwork that needs to be completed by you regarding your current symptoms, medical, and surgical background, and insurance information. It is important that you bring this with you to your appointment as well as a form of identification, your insurance card, and a referral from your primary care physician if your insurance requires this. We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment and also allow time for parking and finding our office which is located at 9155 SW Barnes Rd. Suite 836, Portland, OR, 97225.
When you are seen by one of our providers they will ask detailed questions regarding the onset, severity, and location of your symptoms. This is to help ensure that we find the correct diagnosis and best treatment possible. It is important to try and be as specific as you can. Your provider will then perform a physical exam and review any imaging that you have had completed. This may include X-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s as well as any other testing you have had done.
Once your provider has completed this they will give you their professional recommendations. This may include physical therapy, further testing or imaging, medication, injections, or surgery. In most cases, the decision of how to proceed is ultimately up to you. This decision should be based on your quality of life and how significantly your symptoms are affecting you.
Once treatment has been decided on, our office will arrange this and follow up with you on a regular basis to evaluate your progress and make adjustments as necessary. Our goal is to help you return to a happy, fulfilled, active, and pain-free lifestyle.
Our main office is located in the East Pavilion Medical Office Building at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. We perform surgeries at the following locations:
Jeffrey P. Johnson, M.D.
Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
Martha Wiggers, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant
Back row, Left to right:
Christine Amick - Medical Assistant;
Sherri Schoch - Office Assistant.
Front row, Left to right:
Lauri Dayton - Office Manager and Patient Billing;
Martha Wiggers - Physician Assistant;
Sandra Dixon - Surgery Scheduler.