November 7, 2013 9:00 — 0 Comments

Minimally Invasive Surgery Removes Brain Tumor Through Hole Smaller than a Dime

When Ryan Vincent had a malignant brain tumor removed more than 20 years ago, he required a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of at-home recovery. When neurosurgeons at Houston’s Methodist Hospital removed a different lesion from Vincent’s brain recently, they extracted it through a small tube inserted into a hole smaller than a dime. Vincent went home the following day. Gavin Britz, MBBCh, MPH, FAANS, is the first neurosurgeon in the region to use this minimally invasive technique to remove a deeply embedded vascular lesion.

“With this new approach, we can navigate through millions of important brain fibers and tracts to access deep areas of the brain where these benign tumors or hemorrhages are located with minimal injury to normal brain,” Dr. Britz said. “Ryan’s surgery took less than an hour.” Click here to read the full article.