What is Stereotactic Neurosurgery?
Stereotactic Neurosurgery (see also Stereotactic Radiosurgery) does not involve any incisions and is not surgery in the traditional sense. A carefully calculated dose of radiation is used in this procedure to destroy diseased or irregular cells, such as tumors or abnormal blood vessels, in the brain.
A 3-D view of the treatment area and its surroundings is created through imaging technology before any radiation is applied. The problem is pinpointed through this imaging technology and the oversight of a highly specialized team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, and radiologists. Once the problem area is pinpointed, it can be treated with minimal effect on nearby healthy tissue.
The following conditions can be treated with Stereotactic Neurosurgery:
- Brain Tumors
- Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations
- Parkinson’s disease
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
Another name for these procedures is stereotactic radiosurgery. See the Stereotactic Radiosurgery page for more information.