Aiming Higher In Neurosurgery: Going Beyond Cure with Minimally Invasive Procedures

Posted On Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Nishant Shanker Yagnick

Senior Consultant

Manipal Hospital - Gurugram

Neurosurgery hospital in Gurugram

Any technique that treats brain abnormality is considered brain surgery. A component of your central nervous system is the brain. A person’s ability to speak, move, think, and remember is under its control. Surgery on the brain seeks to correct issues without impairing these critical processes. But there is post-operation trauma attached to brain surgeries that make people frightened, this often leads to delays in the treatment which must begin as early as possible. At Manipal Hospitals, we have the best neurosurgeons in Gurgaon and state-of-the-art technology which enables us to perform minimally invasive procedures and prevent post-operation trauma caused by bald head or surgery scars. 

Brain surgeries often involve the removal of a portion of your brain or abnormal development, such as a tumour or fix the damaged areas of your brain like blood vessel leaks. In all these surgeries the surgeons might have to make big and deep cuts to operate. These cuts often require long recovery time and patients have to remain bald throughout the treatment, which often clashes with patients’ religious beliefs and individual choices. 

Stigma Associated with Brain Surgery 

People underestimate the stigma of neurosurgery. Sikh patients and youth who have to shave their heads feel a heavy loss. The look of a large scar on the head or back can be a deterrent to others who have to associate with the patient in their work life as well as in their personal and romantic relationships. This often becomes a reason of depression in some patients as they do not feel confident to go out and resume work. 

Reconsider Brain and Spine Surgeries with Minimally Invasive Procedures 

Earlier, the thought behind treating a brain or spine surgery patient was just to achieve some form of control or satisfactory cure. This meant that things like preserving the hair on the person's head, or quick recovery to prevent a reduction in financial loss from work were not even considered by doctors. Now, with changes in our technology and a more humanistic approach, neurosurgeons are going beyond cure. 

At Manipal Hospitals, our objective is to obtain seamless reintegration of our patients into their routine lives. This includes approaches like keyhole brain and spine surgeries which have made cuts on the skin much smaller, absorbable stitches, minimal head shave and both preoperative and postoperative concentration on rehabilitation, for an early recovery.

What Is A Keyhole Brain Surgery?

A keyhole brain surgery is a minimally invasive technique. Through a tiny cut in the skull or through the nose, minimally invasive keyhole surgery enables your doctor to access a tumour or lesion (tissue damage) close to the brain or spine. Through one or more tiny incisions, the surgeon inserts an endoscope, a narrow tube with a light and camera. In order to remove the tumour, the doctor also inserts tools through the same cavity and performs the surgery.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgeries

  • Smaller incisions (or no incision, if performed through the nostrils – endonasal).

  • Lesser exposure to the brain's natural structures.

  • No brain retraction is used, resulting in less brain manipulation.

  • Less pain and less narcotics are required.

  • Quick mobilisation, recuperation, and return to regular activities.

  • Normal hospital discharge occurs one to two days after surgery. To know more consult with our neurosurgeon in Gurugram.

Common Neurological Keyhole Brain Surgeries 

  • Craniotomy

Using specialised tools, a section of the skull's bone known as the bone flap is surgically removed to disclose the brain. The bone flap is changed after the brain operation.

  • Supraorbital Craniotomy

The surgeon opens the skull after making a small incision inside the eyebrow during this technique. Total tumour removal of the afflicted area in the anterior skull base is accomplished without leaving any scars, as would be the case with a conventional craniotomy.

  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA)

A small tube called an endoscope is put through your nose and sinuses during this minimally invasive treatment. This enables your surgeon to access areas of your brain that are challenging to access using standard surgical methods. 

  • Retromastoid

Just below the ear, a few centimeter-long incisions are made. The surgeon can then approach and remove the selected tumours. Additionally, in situations of trigeminal neuralgia, a disorder that causes terrible facial pain, this is used to accomplish microvascular decompression.

The ideal surgical plan for each patient is determined by the type and location of the tumour. Manipal Hospitals is one of the renowned neuro hospitals in Gurgaon, because our neurosurgeon's priority is to preserve and improve the patient's quality of life and simultaneously work to integrate innovative approaches for faster recovery and elimination of post-op trauma. 

The greatest techniques for removing a tumour during surgery are keyhole techniques. This technique is revolutionary, minimally invasive, offers faster recovery, and requires shorter hospital stays. Regardless of the approach used, our neurosurgeon in Gurgaon aims to optimise tumour removal by reducing the manipulation of crucial areas of the brain. This prevents issues such as deformity and promotes a quicker, more thorough, and less painful recovery.

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Dr. Nishant Shanker Yagnick

Senior Consultant - Neurosurgery

Manipal Hospitals, Gurugram

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