Brain surgery to remove brain tumors can be performed with a minimally invasive technique called a neuroendoscopy. During a neuroendoscopy, your neurosurgeon will access your brain though small (dime-sized) holes in the skull or through the nose or mouth. When used in the right patients, a neuroendoscopy can result in fewer complications, less pain, a faster recover and minimal scarring compared to traditional brain surgery.
Neuroendoscopy involves the use of an endoscope a long flexible tube that has a video camera and a light source to perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures in the brain, spine, or peripheral nervous system. The endoscope can be equipped with specialized instruments to perform various procedures.
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Neuroendoscopy is a popular choice of neuro physicians and surgeons, to treat serious conditions of the Central Nervous System which includes the brain and spinal cord, or repair any craniofacial damage. It helps surgeons access those parts of the brain which are hard to access through traditional, incisional surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon makes one or two dime-sized incisions or holes on the skull to insert the endoscope. Alternately, he/she may use the mouth or nose cavities to access the brain through the sinuses.
The procedure can be done to remove a small sample of suspected tumour for further diagnosis. This is called a biopsy. Later, once the tissue is confirmed to be a tumour, the procedure can be done to remove the tumour altogether.
Neuroendoscopy is used to treat a wide range of tumours and cancers, cysts, neurological disorders, neurovascular conditions and trauma-induced damage.
Brain tumors that can be treated with minimally invasive brain surgery include:
Although neuroendoscopy is safer than traditional brain surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure.
Complications associated with a neuroendoscopy include: