Imagine heading out of the house in the morning, having brain surgery during the day — and arriving home in time for dinner. That’s possible today with Gamma Knife surgery, a minimally invasive, targeted therapy.
Nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor – those that begin in the brain and tend to stay in the brain. And more than 78,000 new cases of brain tumor will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.
The thought of having brain surgery can be frightening. Many people think of scars and a shaved head that such a procedure leaves behind. But for people with certain types of brain tumors, there’s now a unique surgical option that doesn’t leave a mark.
The brain, with its delicate twists and turns, can be a mine field for surgeons and their teams working to remove tumors. Medical technologies have evolved in creative, exciting ways to treat tumors while conserving the healthy, normal surrounding tissue. Here are five important innovations that have extended the lives of brain tumor patients. 1. … Read More
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One of the major challenges of using surgery to treat epilepsy has always been finding the place in the brain where the person’s seizures begin. The more precisely doctors can pinpoint this area, the better they can focus efforts for surgical treatment. This is especially important in the delicate landscape of the brain where surgeons … Read More
Sam “Spike” Parrent is a normal, happy and healthy 6-year-old boy living in North Carolina. You would never imagine by looking at him that just two years ago, Spike had been racked with epileptic seizures — up to 100 a day. At one point doctors were ready to put him in a coma. His parents … Read More
Did you know that stroke is one of the top 10 killers of children? This statistic may come as a shock, but kids can have strokes for a number of different reasons, including moyamoya disease. That was the case for Ohio first grader Erica Wilcox, who survived a stroke and a unique brain surgery and … Read More