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Meritas Health Neurology
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Meritas Health Neurology
2790 Clay Edwards Dr
Ste 1235
North Kansas City, MO 64116

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Main: 816-472-5157
  • Fax: 816-472-7201

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  • Neurology

When you need specialized care for your nervous system—your brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves—turn to Meritas Health Neurology. You’ll find advanced, comprehensive neurological services to help you live your best.

Your Kansas City Nerve Specialists

Meritas Health Neurology has been caring for your friends and neighbors in the Northland since 1987, so you can trust our experience and expertise. Our board-certified neurologists can help you or your loved one manage neurological disorders, such as dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease.

Sleep Medicine Specialists

If you experience narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, or other sleep issues related to your nervous system, turn to our board-certified sleep medicine specialists. Count on us to identify and address the underlying neurological issues that contribute to your sleep problem so you can live a more well-rested life. Learn more about sleep medicine at Meritas Health.

Our Neurological Services

Trust your Meritas Health Neurology doctor for a full range of tests and treatments, including:

  • Electromyography and nerve conduction studies to help diagnose peripheral nerve and muscle disorders
  • BOTOX® for migraines, dystonia and other neurological conditions
  • Optical nerve block for chronic headaches
  • Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS Therapy®) to prevent seizures
  • Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease

Learn more about neurology care at Meritas Health.

Your Neurologist Appointments

All patients are seen by scheduled appointment. Same day appointments are often available for urgent problems. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 816.472.5157 and we will gladly help find an appointment time that is convenient for you.

Parking

If you’re visiting our North Kansas City Hospital campus location (Clay Edwards Drive), park in the parking garage adjacent to the Pavilion. Our office is on the 12th floor.

Billing & Insurance

Read our financial policy [PDF] statement to learn:

  • What you can expect from us regarding insurance claims and billing
  • Your financial responsibilities as a patient
  • How to set up payment plans

Review the list of insurance providers we accept, or see how you can pay your bill.

Prescription Refills

To request a refill between appointments, call your pharmacy and they’ll contact us for approval. Submit your refill request several days before you run out of medication; we respond to refill requests only during our business hours.

After-Hours Calls & Emergencies

If you need urgent care from your neurologist outside of our regular office hours, call 816-472-5157 to reach the on-call physician, or go to North Kansas City Hospital and they will contact us. Prescription refills will not be called into the pharmacy after hours or on weekends.

In a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Patient Registration & Forms

Spend less time at your doctor’s office by printing and filling out any necessary forms at home and bringing them to your appointment.

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Services

Meritas Health Neurology treats a variety of neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, migraine, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and dementia, as well as disorders of muscle and the peripheral nerves. Our office is equipped to perform neuromuscular diagnostic services with nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG), and provides treatment for dystonia and migraine with Botox® (botulinum toxin).

Botox®

Botulinum toxin A (Botox, Xeomin®) is a common and useful treatment option for patients with chronic migraine headache and other neurological conditions, including cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and limb spasticity. Treatment is accomplished by injecting the medication in the affected areas, and may be repeated every 3 months. EMG may be utilized, in some cases, to guide in the placement of medication within the muscle. Our staff will help you decide if this therapy will be helpful for you, and assist in insurance authorization.

Consultation

A neurological consultation is a type of evaluation and management service provided by a neurologist, at the request of another physician, for a specific neurological condition or problem. Depending on the specific condition or problem, the neurologist may either recommend care, or may accept responsibility for ongoing management of the patient’s care, for that specific condition or problem. This would include a thorough review of the history of the problems, as well as a comprehensive neurological examination.

Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG/NCS)

An EMG is a test of the muscle and nerves. This test may be a helpful tool in the diagnosis of various types of peripheral nerve and muscle disorders (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical or lumbosacral radiculopathy, inflammatory or degenerative muscle diseases, as well as conditions such as myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

The first portion of the test involves light shocks given to the nerves in the upper or lower extremities in specific locations. This helps determine how well the peripheral nerves are conducting. The second part of the test involves inserting a very small needle into various muscles in the extremities. This needle records the electrical activity in the muscles being tested.

Although an EMG may be uncomfortable at times, it is not usually painful. To ensure the best results, and minimize discomfort, it is important that patients relax during the study. In preparation for the test, it is helpful for patients to avoid shaving or applying any creams or lotions to their skin on the day of testing. It is also important for patients to avoid taking any muscle relaxants within 24 hours of testing, as muscle relaxants can alter the outcome of the study.

Patients should inform their physician if they are on blood thinning medication (e.g. warfarin) prior to testing.

After having an EMG, patients may notice minor bruising or soreness near the areas of testing. Red or warm areas should be reported to the performing physician.

Occipital Nerve Block

An Occipital Nerve Block is a local anesthetic injection of the occipital nerve, located in the back of the head. This procedure may be done to help relieve pain and headache associated with irritation of this nerve, on one or both sides of the head. Vagal Nerve Stimulator A Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS) is sometimes used in the treatment of seizure disorders that do not respond to medications alone. This FDA-approved medical device is implanted in the upper chest, with leads extending under the skin to the vagus nerve in the neck. The VNS can be programmed to help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, sometimes reducing the need for medication.