What is endoscopic brain surgery?
Endoscopic brain surgery is a form of minimally invasive brain surgery that can be used to treat a number of different neurological disorders.
At the London Neurosurgery Partnership all our team are equipped with the latest technologies and the latest training to ensure that all our patients have access to the highest quality of care available. We offer endoscopic surgery at all our locations in and around London. Endoscopic brain surgery has changed the way that patients can be treated, allowing surgeons to operate on tumours that may previously been hard to reach whilst using smaller incisions.
During this type of brain surgery, thin tubes which have a camera on the end, a little bit like a telescope which are called an endoscope, are inserted into the brain through small incision marks (either in the skull or other parts of the body) and are used to create images of the affected area. The images from the endoscope are used as a guide to help the surgeon see where the tumour is and the exact area that need to be removed. The affected areas are removed using specialist surgical equipment.
What are the risks and benefits of having endoscopic brain surgery?
As with every surgery, there are risks that come with brain surgery, even endoscopic; you will go over these with your surgeon before you go ahead, if you have any questions be sure to ask your surgeon, they will always be happy to answer them. When indicated, there are many benefits of having endoscopic brain surgery rather than open brain surgery; for example:
- Quicker recovery time
- Reduced post-surgery pain
- Smaller incision
- Reduced hospital stay
- Reduced risk of infection
- Reduced risk of damage to surrounding brain tissue
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.