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Brain Surgery

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There are a number of conditions that could warrant brain surgery, but no matter the reason, the prospect of having a surgical procedure performed on the brain can be frightening for many patients. The experts at Florida Hospital, however, can help put your mind at ease. Some of the foremost experts on neurological disorders are bringing greater hope to our patients with today’s most cutting edge brain surgery technologies, like one of a kind, minimally invasive techniques used at our Neuroscience Institute.

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Brain surgery is a procedure used in the treatment of various problems in the brain and surrounding structures, including brain tumors, bleeding in the brain and infection, among others. In a brain surgery procedure, the surgeon will make a surgical cut through the scalp, then create a hole in the skull and remove a piece called a bone flap (this part of the procedure is called a craniotomy). The craniotomy sometimes utilizes computers and imaging scans to determine the exact spot in the brain that needs to be treated, a technique that requires either a frame placed onto the skull or a frameless system that uses superficially placed markers on the scalp, a procedure called a stereotactic craniotomy.

If possible, the surgeon will then make a smaller hole and inserted a lighted tube called an endoscope, a procedure called an endoscopic craniotomy; the surgery will be performed with tools placed through the endoscope.

These surgeries may be used to clip an aneurysm, remove a tumor, remove abnormal brain tissue, or drain blood or infection. Afterward, the bone flap is usually replaced; if it is not, perhaps because the brain was swollen, or the surgery involves a tumor or infection, the procedure is called a craniectomy.

In a stereotactic brain biopsy, scans of the brain are used to allow surgeons to pinpoint an area of the brain from which to remove tissue for examination under a microscope. This same computer imagery can be used to remove fluid from abscesses, hematomas or cysts (called stereotactic aspiration) and for tightly directed radiation treatment (stereotactic radiosurgery).


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