Some of the most severe conditions that require spinal neurosurgery are cranial (brain) tumors, spine tumors and hemorrhaging in the brain. Hemorrhages need to be surgically treated immediately due to the risk of brain damage. Brain tumors typically do not require immediate surgery, but in many cases neurosurgery can help.
Spine & Brain Tumors
A tumor is a growth of tissue that develops from a buildup of abnormal cells. Cranial tumors develop in the brain, while spine tumors develop in or around the spinal column. We do not know exactly what causes tumors, but we do know how to treat them.
Brain and spine tumors can either be benign (not directly harmful) or malignant (directly harmful). Malignant tumors need to be treated quickly before they spread. Benign tumors do not pose an imminent threat, but may need to be removed if they interfere with other structures in the brain or spine.
Hemorrhage Evacuation Surgery
A brain hemorrhage is a severe condition in which an artery bursts and allows blood to seep into the brain. Hemorrhaging needs to be treated immediately with surgery to avoid permanent brain damage.
Hemorrhage evacuation is a surgical method for treating brain hemorrhaging. Evacuation surgery is almost always the preferred method for treating hemorrhaging in the brain because it is minimally invasive. A skilled neurosurgeon can reach the hemorrhage by drilling a small hole in the skull and using a small guided camera called an endoscope to reach and drain the blood from the area.
Minnesota Brain Tumor Surgery
When it comes to extreme brain conditions like cranial tumors and brain hemorrhaging, neurosurgery can save lives. Surgery to remove a brain tumor or drain a brain hemorrhage can allow a patient to stop worrying and get back to their lives.
If you have been diagnosed with a cranial tumor, call to set up an appointment. I have performed cranial tumor surgery many times with a stellar track record. Let’s chat about your treatment options.