Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery Center

We are very happy to introduce the new Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery Center. This new center symbolizes everything we have been working to accomplish here in Denver. It is a center dedicated to advancing the field of neurosurgery into a new direction. Endoscopy has been around for a long time. It has revolutionized the fields of sinus surgery, general surgery, and others. Most recently endoscopy is making a strong push into the fields of brain and spine surgery and we here at Advanced Brain and Spine couldn’t be more pleased to be able to offer this to our patients.

Why choose endoscopic minimally invasive brain and spine surgery? There are many reasons and each case deserves special consideration. Some cases don’t require this technology. Some cases should not be done with this technology. However, some cases benefit greatly from the addition of the endoscope to the minimally invasive technique. Pituitary tumors, skull base tumor, trigeminal nerve decompression, some aneurysm clipping procedures, some brain tumors, Anterior cervical foraminotomies, spinal laminotomies, spinal decompression and at times spinal fusions all benefit greatly from the addition of the endoscope to the operating procedure. The microscope has revolutionized neurosurgery in the 1970’s. But the microscope is limited in its line of sight. It can only visualize things directly in its line of sight. Meaning if there is something behind, to the side or even slightly around another structure the microscope can’t see it. The endoscope can.

Using the endoscopic techniques we can visualize the facial nerve behind the vestibular neuroma/schwannoma tumor. This allows us to perform the debulking of these tumors known either as acoustic neuromas or vestibular schwannomas both more safely and through smaller incisions.

Using the endoscopic minimally invasive surgery we can approach certain brain aneurysms through smaller incisions. We can clip aneurysms better and more safely using these techniques as it can visualize the back side of the aneurysm. Up until now if a small vessel was coming out of the back side of the brain aneurysm and the clip occluded it there was a good chance the patient might be left with a stroke. This can be prevented using the endoscope.

Using the endoscopic brain surgery techniques we can approach certain brain tumors in a way that sometimes allow us to minimize damage or even completely avoid any damage to the surrounding brain. Not only can we avoid damage to the surrounding brain, endoscopic brain surgery sometimes allows us to resect these tumors better than traditional techniques. 

We offer free radiological consultations so if you want to know if you are a candidate for endoscopic minimally invasive brain or spine surgery you can call or email us to arrange your free radiological consultation.

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