What is Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure done through tiny openings rather than a large opening in the body.  Patients who have minimally invasive surgery often leave the hospital earlier.¹

There are several types of minimally invasive surgery:

  • Laparoscopy: surgery done through one or more small openings using small tubes and tiny video cameras and tools. This was one of the first types of minimally invasive surgery.
  • Robotic surgery: surgery performed with robots controlled by the doctor. Robotic surgery often provides a 3D image of the surgery site and allows for accuracy, flexibility, and control.¹

In general, patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures are likely to:

  • Have less pain and discomfort after the procedure
  • Go home sooner
  • Resume normal activity quicker
  • Have less scarring.²

The NeuroBlate® System is classified as a minimally invasive surgery, a type requiring only a small opening in the body instead of a large opening.

Alternatives to minimally invasive surgery.

A craniotomy is the alternative to minimally invasive surgery for the treatment for brain lesions. A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the skull bone. The bone is replaced when the surgery is completed.

 

Sources:

1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/minimally-invasive-surgery/basics/definition/prc-20025473
2. http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/minisurgery/benefits/index.html


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