Ilyas Munshi

Lafayette, Louisiana, Neurosurgeon

About Ilyas Munshi

A board-certified neurosurgeon, Ilyas Munshi, MD, APMC, presently serves patients at his practice based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Since 2001, Dr. Ilyas Munshi has treated patients experiencing issues involving the brain and spine. He remains involved in patients’ care from diagnosis to pre-operative and post-operative procedures.


After earning his undergraduate degree in computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Munshi earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago. In addition to brain and spinal problems, Dr. Ilyas Munshi specializes in treating brain tumors in both adults and children, as well as treating epilepsy and pituitary tumors. Further, he performs seizure surgery and minimally invasive procedures.

Outside his practice, Dr. Munshi gives back to the community by participating in local events and providing pro bono neurosurgery services to those in need in Louisiana. An engaged member of the medical profession, he maintains membership in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

LGMC Introduces Groundbreaking Neurosurgical Technology

Dr. Ilyas Munshi, a nationally renowned neurosurgeon based in Lafayette, Louisiana, has treated a wide range of brain, spine, and nerve issues for nearly 15 years. In addition to providing state-of-the-art treatments from his own clinic, Dr. Ilyas Munshi maintains privileges at the Lafayette General Medical Center.

This past June, the Lafayette General Medical Center announced that it was the second medical facility in the world to house the BrightMatter Servo Solution system, a medical device designed solely for complex brain surgery. Created by Synaptive Medical, the Servo system combines a suite of advanced technologies to produce 3D tractographic scans of the brain’s internal structure, aim lighting and surgical tools with a robotic arm, and provide high-resolution optics through an advanced headset. The BrightMatter Servo system enables neurosurgeons to create a digital map of sensitive neural pathways and develop comprehensive surgical plans with extreme accuracy. In addition, the system minimizes the risk of infections and complications by enabling neurosurgeons to concentrate on procedures without manually adjusting external lights. Since its first successful use in the removal of a difficult brain tumor on April 22, 2015, the system has continued to provide an invaluable resource to health care providers in the area.

From Cranial to Spine - Neurosurgical Topics Overview Course

Seasoned neurosurgeon Dr. Ilyas Munshi operates his own practice out of Lafayette, Louisiana, and offers particular skill in treatments for epilepsy, seizure, brain tumors, and complex spinal surgeries. Dr. Ilyas Munshi also belongs to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), which will host the next course in its From Cranial to Spine series in August 2016.

Designed for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other advanced practice providers (APP), the From Cranial to Spine course, subtitled An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practice Provider, covers an assortment of neurological topics. Skilled neurosurgeons and APP faculty provide instruction utilizing lectures and case studies to offer unique learning experiences. Additionally, this year From Cranial to Spine offers optional courses that include two practical clinics on cranial and spine skills, respectively, and a workshop on neuroimaging.

Registration for the course costs $525, with additional fees to attend the practical clinics and neuroimaging workshop. Members of the AANS will receive discounts on fees for the practical clinics. The course will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, from August 24 to August 27, 2016.

For more information on the course and other From Cranial to Spine learning opportunities, visit aans.org.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

Dr. Ilyas Munshi, a neurosurgeon, has practiced privately in Lafayette, Louisiana, since 2001. Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Ilyas Munshi has performed numerous minimally invasive lumbar discectomies.

A lumbar discectomy is a surgical procedure that aims to remove compression on the lower spinal cord. This has traditionally required cutting away muscles from around the spinal column, which increases the body's recovery time after the surgery. However, many contemporary patients now have the opportunity to have a minimally invasive procedure, which uses muscular separation and retraction to access the spinal cord.

The procedure begins with the injection of a local anesthetic. After this has taken effect, the surgeon creates a small (half-inch to one inch) incision in the skin. The surgeon then inserts a small wire through the incision and allows it to descend until it touches the bone. Next, the surgeon uses a series of increasingly large dilators to separate the muscles and allow access to the vertebrae.

After taking away a small portion of the lamina, a bony structure that protects the spinal canal, the physician can remove the source of compression. This is most often a bone protrusion or herniated disc. However, some surgeons may use this same procedure to remove a tumor on the spinal cord, if one is found.

Because a lumbar discectomy involves only a small incision, there is usually minimal scarring. Many patients may stand and walk the hospital hallway by the end of the first day, although others may take longer to recover. Each patient receives a customized treatment plan designed to optimally regain function.

Neuronavigation, Cutting-Edge Technology

Since 2001, Dr. Ilyas Munshi has served as a neurosurgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. With training in a wide range of treatments related to brain, spine, and nervous system issues and certification with several professional neurological surgery boards, Ilyas Munshi is especially interested in treatments using neuronavigation.


Neuronavigation refers to an emerging field that combines imaging technology, robotics, and electronics with neurosurgery to more effectively diagnose and treat issues within the brain. While still a new form of research, there have been many advances in neuronavigation that are already helping researchers and doctors learn more about the brain and offer better treatment options.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, magnetoencephalography (MEG) and other forms of imaging have given rise to products like the Neural Navigator, which assists in locating specific areas of the brain to stimulate with the weak electrical current of a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil. TMS is a fascinating new technique that can reversibly alter brain activity in the stimulated locations of the brain without any anesthetic or invasive surgical procedure.

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