Advanced Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

MRI of human brainAdvancements in surgical techniques have made the treatment of complex brain conditions safer and more efficient than ever before. Dr. Peter Nakaji is a respected leader in neuroendoscopy, or "keyhole," surgeries. Dr. Nakaji performs minimally invasive brain surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, serving Scottsdale and surrounding communities. To learn more about your treatment options, contact our practice today

What is Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery?

Traditionally, the only available treatment option to address brain conditions was a full craniotomy, which requires a large incision in the skull.

Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions in the scalp and skull to access the brain. Small tools are inserted through these incisions and are guided using real-time video imaging technology. Minimally invasive surgery can precisely isolate and target only the unhealthy portions of the brain. 

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders, including:

  • Colloid Cysts - These growths develop near the center of the brain, obstruct the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, and lead to elevated pressure in the brain.
  • Pineal Tumors - Occurring near the pineal gland in the center of the brain, these tumors produce excess melatonin, which affects sleep patterns, and can block ventricles in the brain from properly transporting blood.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia - This condition affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries signals from the face to the brain. Patients with this disorder may suffer from persistent facial pain that can range from mild to extreme.

Dr. Nakaji may use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans to plan and monitor a patient's surgery. General anesthesia is typically used during the procedure, and although an overnight stay is required, most patients are able to return home the day following their surgery.

Patient Benefits

Although Dr. Nakaji also performs full craniotomies, minimally invasive surgery is a preferred method of treatment for many patients. Benefits include less trauma to surrounding tissue, enhanced healing, and minimized pain and scarring. Minimally invasive surgery leaves small incisions which heal quickly and cleanly. Dr. Nakaji minimizes hair removal,so many incisions can easily be hidden by patients' hair after their procedure.

A Pioneer in the Field

Dr. Nakaji is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and directs the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, the largest neurosurgery residency program in the country. Dr. Nakaji has earned a well-deserved reputation as a pioneer and leader in minimally invasive neurosurgery techniques. He regularly receives referrals from specialists in the field, and treats patients from around the globe at Barrow Neurological Institute. In many cases, patients are able to fly in, undergo surgery, and fly out the next day. 

By combining compassion with unparalleled training and expertise, Dr. Nakaji offers treatment that is individualized and extremely effective. Patient outcome always comes first. Dr. Nakaji strives to deliver an unparalleled level of care.

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Dr. Nakaji offers a comprehensive range of advanced treatment options, including endoscopic endonasal surgery, laser thermal ablation, and radio surgery. To learn more about how you can benefit from minimally invasive brain surgery, contact our practice today

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