No More Open Skull Surgery, Neuro-navigation to Cure Brain Tumor
A 35-year-old epileptic patient having a large brain tumor was cured using advanced minimally invasive Neuro-medical technique – ‘Neuro-navigation’ at a hospital in Gurgaon, India.
Clearly diagnosed with brain tumor, the patient named Rahul was advised open skull surgery or craniotomy, which had serious risks associated with it such as internal bleeding in brain, memory problems or infection etc. Rahul was naturally not ready for the surgery.
The tumor on the left side of the brain was 6-7 cm in diameter, and was causing progressive problems. The patient was suffering from speech impediment, headaches and often experienced hampering of speech.
Doctors at Artemis Hospital in Gurgaon used ‘Neuro-navigation’ technique that is performed using only a small incision in the skull reducing the risks. According to the hospital after surgery the patient had a faster recovery and was fully conscious the same day. Rahul was discharged in two days and now leads a normal lifestyle.
According to Dr. Aditya Gupta, Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgery at Artemis Hospital, the technology is like GPS navigation inside the brain that reaches the exact location of the tumor. The MRI information, reference pointers and optical detectors enable the surgeon to make the exact cut eliminating the need for open skull surgery. This brain tumor surgery does not require shaving the head.
Neuro-navigation technique in tumor re-section allows surgeons to navigate precisely to the tumors in the brain.