What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Surgery traditionally brings a gust of fear and anxiety even though it actually attempts to cure a disease. And there were good reasons behind it. Even though surgery would treat a targeted condition, it also inflicted some damage to the surrounding tissue resulting in pain and long recovery.
Surgeons acknowledged this problem too. To address this issue, recently, surgeons perform a more sophisticated procedure with very small incisions. This results in less pain and faster recovery. Such a procedure is called a minimally invasive surgery or a keyhole surgery.
When a condition in the brain is treated with minimally invasive surgery, the procedure is called minimally invasive brain surgery.
How Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery is Beneficial?
The benefits of minimally invasive brain surgery are many! Some of them are mentioned above but let’s get a clearer picture of why this type of surgery has gained so much popularity among surgeons and patients.
Less Procedural Risks
This surgery requires a minimal incision, there is also less blood loss during the surgery and less damage to the surrounding tissues including muscles and nerves.
This portion is tricky. While it may not be possible to carry out massive surgeries using this technique, this technique can be used in patients whose health conditions (like high bp, heart condition, diabetes, other chronic diseases) won’t allow them to opt for open surgery.
Quicker Recovery Again, owing to the small incisions required in the surgery, you will experience much less pain after the effects of anaesthesia wear out. Your stay in the hospital will also be shorter as you will recover fast. Faster healing of the small wounds would ensure less risk of infections. After your full recovery, the resultant scar will also be very small. In case it’s an incision on the scar, it can be hidden under hair growth and if the incisions are made through your nose and sinus, there will be no visible scar.
Precision In Monitoring During the surgery, the entire process is screened in an electronic monitor through which the surgeons will ensure that none of your vital nerves or tissues is damaged while making sure that a tumour is totally removed. It is a much safer procedure as compared to the open surgery.
Covered By Insurance When your surgeon sees it fit to treat you through minimally invasive brain surgery, the entire cost of the procedure will be covered by your insurance as it would have been if you were to take an open surgery.
Will You Be Eligible For A Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery?
There are many factors which decide your candidature when it comes to minimally invasive brain surgery. It depends on the condition you have, the severity of the condition, the location of the disease, your age, and other health conditions you may have.
While many conditions can be treated using this treatment, sometimes, some conditions may be too difficult to deal with using this technique. For example, a big tumour. The fact is that only after careful analysis of your condition using various diagnostic tests, your doctor will be able to tell you whether this technique will suit you.
How Is Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Performed?
Minimally invasive brain surgery requires small incisions but that does not make it a minor surgery. It’s still major surgery and it requires highly sophisticated and advanced medical equipment and even more skilled surgeons and anesthesiologists.
For this surgery, you will be sedated and given anaesthesia so that you can sleep through the procedure. During the surgery, the surgeons will make a few small holes through which they will operate. The most common procedure is the removal of a tumour. The incisions can be made through various locations like through your nose, over your eyebrow, behind the ear or even through your skull. It totally depends on the size and location of a tumour.
Through the incisions, fluid (to expand tissues), an endoscope(a light and a high-definition micro-camera) and surgical equipment are put in. The endoscope gives a clear picture of the inside on an electronic screen where the doctors can observe the progress of the surgery. They can make sure that no vital nerve is getting damaged or no extra tissue is affected. They can also make customized changes if necessary. One common way to remove a tumour is using suction. But other ways can also be used.
Once, the entire tumour is taken out, the incisions are closes with tiny metal plates and sutures. It would take you a couple of days in the hospital to make the initial recovery. Post that you can go back to your home.
But you must remember to come back for check-ups later as scheduled.
If you are worried about a headache or if you would like to get a second opinion on your existing brain or nerve condition, you can consult our neuro-experts at Sunshine. We have state-of-art technology to treat your difficult conditions.
About The Doctor:
Dr Naveen is an expert in treating patients with a brain tumour. He is one of the best neurosurgeons in Hyderabad and is sought after for some of the most delicate and complicated brain surgeries.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.
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