Keyhole Brain Surgery: A Minimally Invasive Approach

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At Barrow Neurological Institute, we use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. If you suffer from a serious condition such as a brain tumor, Dr. Peter Nakaji may be able to employ keyhole brain surgery, a minimally invasive approach that can restore your health with reduced pain and downtime. Keyhole brain surgery involves creating a tiny incision in the skull that allows Dr. Nakaji to remove tumors or other tissue using tiny surgical instruments and advanced imaging technology. To learn more about keyhole brain surgery, contact our Phoenix practice today.

What Is Keyhole Brain Surgery?

During keyhole surgery, Dr. Nakaji creates a tiny opening in the scalp and skull. Through this opening, he will insert small instruments to address complications. Using real-time video imaging, he can obtain a detailed view of the treatment area. Before undertaking keyhole brain surgery, Dr. Nakaji will use CT scans and MRIs to thoroughly plan the procedure. Typically, you will stay one night in the hospital after your surgery. Even after you return home, Dr. Nakaji will carefully monitor your healing and recovery.

Candidates for Treatment

Minimally invasive keyhole surgery can be an effective treatment for a number of conditions:

  • Brain tumors: Depending on the location of your tumor, Dr. Nakaji may use minimally invasive techniques. Keyhole surgery is especially useful in treating pineal tumors, which develop in the center of the brain.
  • Skull base tumors : Your skull base contains a network of important nerves and blood vessels. Dr. Nakaji typically uses minimally invasive surgery to remove tumors in this area to protect vital neurological function.
  • Colloid cysts: These cysts typically develop near the center of the brain. If left untreated, they can lead to a life-threatening buildup of pressure.
  • Trigeminal neuralgia: This nerve disorder can cause persistent facial pain. There are several ways that your doctor can treat this condition using keyhole surgery.
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM): This irregular cluster of blood vessels in the brain could hemorrhage and cause brain damage. Dr. Nakaji can remove the blood vessels through a small keyhole incision.

The doctor will carefully examine your health, symptoms, and neurological function before beginning treatment. Even if you are not a candidate for keyhole surgery, he can often treat your condition through a craniotomy or another procedure.

Benefits of Keyhole Brain Surgery

There are a number of benefits associated with keyhole surgery. First, this technique leaves minimal visible scarring. In many cases, Dr. Nakaji can conceal scars below the hairline. Additionally, it affects a minimal amount of tissue, and therefore typically involves a quick recovery. Most patients can go home the day after their treatment. If a patient has a malignant tumor, Dr. Nakaji may recommend post-surgery radiation treatment. Because patients recover from keyhole surgery quickly, they can begin post-operative treatment sooner.

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Dr. Nakaji’s commitment to advanced techniques and technology has helped many patients overcome serious complications with minimal downtime. Contact our office today to learn more about keyhole brain surgery and how it can benefit your long-term health.

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