Minimally invasive neurosurgery describes a range of procedures for which doctors use highly specialized instruments to minimize disruption of brain tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
At Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, minimally invasive surgery is used to treat conditions in adults and children.
The advantages of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open surgery include:
All these advantages mean that patients can return to their normal lives and activities more quickly—without compromising safety or effectiveness of treatment.
In addition, some conditions that are not treatable with traditional surgery can now be treated with minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive operations are often performed through incisions and openings much smaller than those created for traditional, open surgical procedures. (Radiosurgery, one technique classified as a kind of minimally invasive surgery, requires no incisions at all.) To perform a procedure through such small incisions requires specialized instruments and technology, including:
The success of minimally invasive surgery relies on the neurosurgeon’s skill and the use of highly sophisticated instruments and technology to aid in the procedure. At Columbia, our neurosurgeons are highly trained in minimally invasive surgery and all the latest advances in this technique. In addition to the instruments and technology described above, they also use:
Many procedures at Columbia are performed using minimally invasive techniques, including:
Some of the minimally invasive techniques used at Columbia can be found only here. For instance, Chiari I malformation surgery is not normally a minimally invasive operation, but at Columbia, the technique our neurosurgeons use is less invasive and equally, if not more, effective than those performed at other top neuroscience centers. Traditional surgery for Chiari I malformation requires the cutting and opening of the protective membrane surrounding the brain, the dura mater. Our neurosurgeons have pioneered a new technique that does not involve cutting or opening the dura mater, resulting in a shorter recovery and reduced risk of infection.
Talk to one of our neurosurgeons to learn more about minimally invasive procedures that may be appropriate for your condition.
At Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Robert Solomon, Dr. Richard Anderson (Pediatric), Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, Dr. E. Sander Connolly Jr., Dr. Neil Feldstein (Pediatric), Dr. Grace Mandigo, Dr. Guy McKhann, Dr. Marc Otten, Dr. Sameer Sheth, Dr. Michael Sisti and Dr. Christopher Winfree are experts in minimally invasive surgery.
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