Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Minimally invasive neurosurgery is designed to effectively improve patient outcomes through the use of specialized instruments and computer-assisted technology. This approach reduces post-surgical complication rates, speeds recovery time and lessens patient discomfort.
What is minimally invasive neurosurgery?
Minimally invasive neurosurgery allows surgeons to access the brain and other neurological structures through tiny incisions as opposed to the large incisions required for traditional surgery.
Various brain and spinal cord conditions in adults and children can be treated using these minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques.
How is minimally invasive neurosurgery performed?
Small incisions are used in minimally invasive neurosurgeries, in place of the large open incisions required for traditional surgery. An endoscope – a small, flexible tube outfitted with a light and camera – is passed through one of the incisions allowing the surgeon to visualize and record images of soft tissues and surrounding structures in the targeted area.
A high-powered microscope is used for better visualization, while real-time x-ray images are recorded using an instrument known as a fluoroscope. These images are projected onto a monitor located in the operating suite. Special three-dimensional models are created to assist surgeons in planning the procedure, selecting the optimal route and successfully navigating to the site.
Advantages of minimally invasive neurosurgery
This advanced approach is not only cost-effective, but it also allows surgeons to perform complicated neurosurgery with a reduced risk of bleeding, infection, and damage to adjacent areas. Patients typically experience less pain, faster recovery times and fewer side effects as compared to traditional surgical approaches.
Highly skilled neurosurgeons
Minimally invasive neurosurgery should only be performed by highly-skilled, qualified surgeons. Extensive training is required to master these minimally invasive techniques.