Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

When many people think of brain surgery, they think of an extended improvement and extensive scarring or plastic surgery. Today that is not always the case. Sometimes, called keyhole surgery, doctors use smaller incisions, which can mean:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Faster healing
  • Shorter hospitalization

Many brain tumors can now be damaged without open surgery. Our neurosurgeons are skilled at using specific devices to reach tumors through a nostril or a pinhole opening in the skull.

We prefer the best approach for each tumor by mapping its specific location within the brain before surgery. This is generally done with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scanning.

Our goal is to make the most of the treatment or while minimizing disruption to vital neural structures within the brain. This not only avoids complications but also minimizes the chance of infection, promotes more rapid healing and a less painful improvement.

Endoscopic Endonasal and Neuroendoport Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

Over the past decade, pioneered two minimally invasive neurosurgical methods known as the Endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) and Neuroendoport surgery. These techniques have the potential to be safer and more effective than conventional surgery in children with certain life-threatening situation, including brain tumors. Neurosurgeons at Children’s are also highly skilled in the minimally invasive treatment of hydrocephalus using endoscopic techniques.

Endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA)

EEA is an innovative surgical method used to remove brain tumors and lesions — some as large as softballs — through the nose and nasal passages. An especially designed endoscope provides light and a lens for viewing and transmitting internal images. Highly crafted instruments are used alongside the endoscope for removing the tumor. At the Brain Care Institute, our multidisciplinary team has developed and refined this technique for use in children, making them among the most experienced pediatric experts in the world.

Benefits

  • The possibility of fewer side effects
  • Faster recovery time than with traditional surgery
  • No facial incisions or disfigurement
  • Less trauma to the brain and critical nerves