Endoscopic Brain surgery


Surgery for skull base tumours results in a cure for many patients. In recent years, endoscopy-assisted surgery, which leaves no visible scars, has been found to be effective for the resection of some skull base tumours.

During endoscopy-assisted surgery, the endoscope and surgical instruments are inserted through the nose and approach the skull base tumour from below, without the need for incisions.

The endoscopic brain surgery results in less pain and often a faster recovery than traditional surgery. The incision does not leave a visible scar on the face or scalp.It is a minimally invasive brain surgery that allows neurosurgeons to identify and treat conditions that are deep within the brain.

At Aakash super speciality hospital, the neurology department is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, path breaking technology, offering unrivalled healthcare services and thus providing most cost effective, quick and the best treatment possible to the patient.

Some frequently asked questions:

How long does endoscopic brain surgery take?

Surgery time varies depending on the complexity of each case. For routine cases, surgery often takes two hours from the time anaesthesia is administered. Whereas, more complex cases may take four hours.

When can the patient return to work?

The time to go back to work varies, depending on whether the lining of the brain was opened. If it was not, then the patient can return to work within days. However, if it was opened, it is generally recommended to avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks to allow for the reconstruction to seal.

Will the surgery affect the appearance or nasal function?

This procedure typically does not cause facial swelling, bruising or other changes in facial appearance. Usually, the nasal airway is maintained or even enhanced. Though decreased nasal airflow and a diminished sense of smell may occur, this is generally not anticipated.

How is the surgery performed?

During the procedure, a thin tube that transmits video images of the brain is inserted through one or two small incisions in the skull or through an opening in the body. This tube-like instrument, called an endoscope, contains a small camera that allows the neurosurgeon to see detailed images of the problem area in the brain.

The neurosurgeon then uses these images as a guide for removing the tumour or repairing the affected area of the patient’s brain.

What are the benefits of Endoscopic Brain Surgery?

This surgery offering a faster recovery period and less pain for the patient, it is like less invasive than other open surgery procedures. Most of the times it all depends upon patient’s medical history, age, condition and other factors which play a role in the outcome of endoscopic brain surgery, here are some of common benefits associated with the procedure:

  • No or only one inch incision on head
  • No head shave
  • Less pain for the patient as minimal invasive
  • Faster recovery time than any other surgery
  • Reduced risk of brain trauma
  • Reduced risk of side effects
  • Reduced hospital stay

What Risks are Associated with Endoscopic Brain Surgery?

With any surgery, there are risks involved. At Aakash, the surgeons educate their patients on the best treatment options for their particular condition and communicate the potential risks.

Possible risks:

  • Temporary or permanent interference with sensory and motor functions like speech, vision, memory, balance, coordination, etc.
  • Blood Clot
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Coma

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