Minimally invasive brain surgery at OU Medical Center is a unique service in Oklahoma benefitting many patients who would otherwise not be able to have surgery or patients who might suffer from unwanted side effects.
Unique Types of Surgeries Performed
OU Medical Center is one of a few hospitals nationwide now offering the procedure for most brain tumors. For decades, brain surgery for tumors and other brain diseases has involved long scalp incisions, large invasive openings, long hospital stays and a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life. Recent advances in anesthesia, imaging technology and surgical techniques have provided us with the ability to remove brain tumors through much smaller openings. We can now remove many tumors through openings as small as 1.5 to 2 inches without compromising safety or effectiveness.
Endonasal Endoscopic Surgery (EEA)
This minimally invasive surgical technique allows a surgeon to access the tumor site through the nose and sinuses. This allows the surgeon to remove tumors at the base of the skull and other hard-to-reach areas of the brain and top of the spine that may be inoperable by conventional techniques. Patients often experience improved quality of life because there are little—if any—facial incisions or disfigurements. There is also less trauma to the brain and critical nerves as well as shorter recovery times. The EEA surgical team is made up of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmic surgeons and spine surgeons.
Awake Brain Surgery
Some brain tumors involve critical brain areas controlling speech and motor function. In this procedure, surgeons use advanced surgical navigation systems and brain mapping to identify and avoid injury to areas of the brain controlling language, motor and sensory functions. Awake brain mapping is performed by applying a small electrical current to the surface of the brain while the patient performs a task. If the patient is unable to perform the task, that area is avoided during surgery. Awake brain mapping allows the surgeon to remove tumors and areas of epileptic activity while minimizing unwanted side effects from the surgery.
Treatments may also include radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. A multidisciplinary team including neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, neuropathology and neuroradiology coordinates the care. These specialists meet regularly for a tumor board to determine the most appropriate therapy for each patient.
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Many of these tumors are considered inoperable but with these new techniques, we are able to remove many of them with good results
Skull base tumors
These complicated brain tumors that cross the base of the skull. A team approach with several surgeons is required to safely remove these tumors.
We have the most experienced team in the state and successfully treat these tumors each week.
Types of tumors we treat: