Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery

Minimally invasive neurosurgery refers to a range of minimal invasive procedures done on the brain and spine. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures usually involve laparoscopic devices and surgical instruments through a scope, either a microscope or an endoscope.

In traditional open neurosurgeries, the neurosurgeon specialist needs to make a large incision on your body to allow him to operate and access the area of concern. With minimally invasive surgeries your neurosurgeon is able to make a few keyhole incisions and use video equipment to assist him in performing the operation, less invasively. Minimally invasive neurosurgery uses small incisions to evaluate or repair neurological problems that affect the brain and spine. It normally lessens the risk of infection and offers faster recovery time as compared to traditional surgery.

When is minimally invasive neurosurgery needed?

Minimally invasive neurosurgery is done when other therapies don’t seem to work. Neurosurgery is done to treat conditions such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or ruptured spinal discs
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord tumours
  • Brain cysts and tumours
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Decompression of spinal cord or spinal nerves

How is minimally invasive neurosurgery done?

Minimally invasive neurosurgery involves laparoscopic, endoscopic or endovascular surgery. During a minimally invasive neurosurgery, you are put under general anaesthesia before small incisions are made near the area of concern. A laparoscope is then inserted through the incision to allow the neurosurgeon to view and see the area he is operating on. This may also be done with an endoscope through the nasal cavity. Images from the scope are projected on a monitor while Dr Maharaj performs the procedure.

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