Welcome To The Los Angeles Neurosurgical Institute
Founded by Dr. Michel Lévesque, the Los Angeles Neurosurgical Institute is a model for the practice of neurological surgery in a private office setting where the highest priority is caring for patients as individuals. We believe that preeminent neurosurgeons can be affiliated with the very best hospitals and surgical facilities, including UCLA and Cedars-Sinai, while still delivering personalized care in a smaller, boutique office setting. When you visit a physician in our Institute, you will be seen in their private office. When you contact our offices during business hours, we promise that you will reach a caring individual who knows you and will do their best to meet your needs.
Specialists at the Los Angeles Neurosurgical Institute are also deeply committed to research and teaching. Serving as active clinical professors, they embrace the important responsibility of guiding the next generation of specialists. Research efforts are focused on bringing the latest in cutting edge therapies to the patients who will benefit from them.
“I went to my primary health clinic on a Saturday after I collapsed and fell down two flights of stairs. I had a CT scan and was supposed to leave for Texas the following Monday morning and my doctor told me I had to go to the hospital and I had to see a neurosurgeon immediately. A nurse called Dr. Lévesque and he opened the office early to see me that day. I had known there was something wrong with me but I didn’t know what it was and I had been too “male” to go to a doctor. I’d had terrible headaches, and when I collapsed, that’s when I figured it out. Dr. Lévesque reviewed my films and then sat me down in his office to tell me I had a brain tumor. I couldn’t believe it-I just could not believe it. First I argued with him and said no, then it hit me. There are no words to describe that feeling. I was 35-years old. I was pretty healthy, and I was now in a position where I had to process everything very quickly. I called my parents, who said, ‘we’re coming out there, who’s this doctor?’ My mother looked him up and reviewed his CV, and she called some friends who were doctors, as did my brother, and it turns out someone my brother grew up with knew someone who worked for Dr. Lévesque. So there was this amazing coincidental connection and we knew this was our guy. In working with him, I found that not only does Dr. Lévesque have skill as a surgeon, but he has a very caring way about him, which many surgeons don’t. I remember talking to a nurse about this during my stay, and she agreed with me and said I was lucky because ‘a lot of surgeons forgot about medicine years ago.’ Not only is he a good doctor, he’s a good guy. I found him to be a very responsive, involved and caring physician. I would absolutely refer Dr. Lévesque to other patients and I would say that not only is he a skilled surgeon, he’s a very caring individual. He has an innate charm about him in this quiet sort of way and he is very reassuring. And if you look at the research he’s done, he seems to be on the cutting edge as a clinical investigator as well.”
“I had headaches for over a year, and on January 17th, I had a brain aneurysm rupture at home and no one was around to witness it. I didn’t realize what had happened, but afterward I was in bed for four days, nauseous and feeling terrible. I went to the doctor and was misdiagnosed—nobody suspected or realized I’d had an aneurysm. Externally, I looked like I had the flu. When I wasn’t getting any better, I had a CT-scan and was told it was clear the next day. But my internist was concerned because I still wasn’t getting any better. He told me that if my symptoms persisted, I should go to the emergency room. I kept feeling worse and the pain was overwhelming, so I went to the hospital on a Saturday afternoon and had tests run all through the night. On Sunday morning I had a lumbar puncture where they found blood in my spine and on Monday morning, Dr. Lévesque introduced himself in my room and told me he would be performing my surgery. He was able to successfully clip my aneurysm and it was only later that I learned how close I had come to losing my life. I was very lucky not to re-bleed in the four days between the aneurysm rupture and my arrival at the hospital. I had a long rehabilitation after this procedure, in part because my skull had been fully opened to clip the aneurysm. Many people don’t realize that after a major brain surgery, there is a long and tenuous recovery period as the brain restores its equilibrium. You suffer from headaches, short term memory loss, exhaustion, heightened sensitivity to noise, anxiety, etc. Most patients who’ve had a brain injury or brain surgery find this to be the most difficult part—the aftermath. I believe greater attention needs to be placed on this in the healthcare system, because more and more people are surviving brain operations and that means there are more people who need long-term rehabilitation resources. I was thrilled to have Dr. Lévesque as my surgeon because he was committed to helping me access these resources and he followed me all the way through my time at the hospital and referred me to specialists who were able to assist me in my recovery process. In my opinion, Dr. Lévesque has extraordinary expertise and knowledge and is also very gentle and definitely cares about his patients. I could not recommend anybody better.”
“I was referred to Dr. Lévesque and came in to be seen for my back. I was in terrible condition and had been in excruciating pain, just miserable. I’d been on a Fentanyl patch for a year and a half just to deal with the pain. Dr. Lévesque performed surgery and things have been going great since then-they are much, much better. My initial impression of Dr. Lévesque was that he was a good guy. I have already referred others to him and I’ve told them that he’s a great doctor and gets things done quickly.”