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Minimally invasive neurosurgery
What is minimally invasive neurosurgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is a type of surgery that utilizes a variety of tools to minimize trauma to bodily tissue during surgery. This type of surgery involves using smaller instruments and smaller incisions than traditional surgical methods. Our neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive surgery for a wide range of conditions.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive neurosurgery?
Because minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions than traditional surgery, it provides many advantages:
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery after surgery
- Improved cosmetic results
Minimally invasive surgery is not an option in every case. Surgical outcomes are typically comparable to traditional surgery.
What are the different types of minimally invasive neurosurgery?
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s neurosurgery program offers the following minimally invasive surgical options:
- Endoscopic surgery to treat conditions such as hydrocephalus, tumors, and craniosynostosis
- Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) to detect where seizures are originating in the brain
- Stereotactic laser ablation (SLA) for the treatment of epilepsy and brain tumors
Who is eligible for minimally invasive neurosurgery?
Minimally invasive surgery typically results in similar outcomes to traditional surgery; however, it is not an option in every case. At Children's, we develop personalized treatment plans for each patient. After we have a full understanding of your child's unique condition, our specialists will work with you to recommend the most effective treatment options.
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