Brain surgery, also known as neurosurgery, is a specialized medical field that focuses on diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. It involves highly skilled surgical procedures to address various conditions, ranging from brain tumors and vascular malformations to neurological trauma and epilepsy. Neurosurgeons like Dr. Lekovic perform brain surgery to address various conditions.
What Does Brain Surgery Involve?
Brain surgery, or neurosurgery, involves intricate procedures performed by skilled surgeons like Dr. Lekovic. It encompasses various treatments for conditions such as brain tumors, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and more. The surgery aims to remove tumors, repair blood vessels, alleviate pressure, and improve brain function. Advanced imaging techniques and cutting-edge tools ensure precision and safety during these procedures. Each case is unique, and the approach is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and condition.
- Brain Tumors (benign and malignant)
- Cerebral Aneurysms
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
- Cavernous Malformations
- Dural Arterio-Venous Fistula (DAVF)
- Hemorrhages (brain bleeds)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Chiari Malformation
- Skull Base Tumors
- Pituitary Tumors
- Moya-Moya Disease
Please note that these are just some of the conditions treated with brain surgery. For a comprehensive evaluation, we encourage you to contact Dr. Gregory Lekovic.
Types Of Brain Surgeries
Translabyrinthine, retrosigmoid, and middle fossa craniotomy for acoustic neuroma/ vestibular schwannoma
Translabyrinthine, retrosigmoid, and middle fossa craniotomy are surgical approaches used to treat acoustic neuroma. These procedures involve making incisions behind the ear and removing parts of the skull bone to access the tumor. Translabyrinthine involves removing the inner ear structure, retrosigmoid involves clearing space around the brainstem, and the middle fossa accesses the tumor through the middle cranial fossa. Each approach allows the surgeon to safely remove the tumor while preserving neurological structures.
Brainstem surgery, including auditory brainstem implantation
Brainstem surgery involves operating on the brainstem, a crucial area controlling essential functions like breathing and heart rate. Auditory Brainstem Implantation (ABI) is a specialized procedure for patients with severe hearing loss who cannot benefit from cochlear implants. During ABI, an electrode array is placed on the brainstem to stimulate auditory pathways, bypassing the damaged inner ear. This enables patients to perceive sound signals and improve their hearing abilities.
Craniotomy for tumors of the brain,
dura, and skull base
Craniotomy is a surgical procedure used to remove brain, dura, or skull base tumors. During the surgery, the neurosurgeon opens the skull to access the tumor. The tumor is carefully removed, and surrounding tissues are preserved. Craniotomies can be performed using various approaches, such as transsphenoidal, transcranial, or endoscopic techniques, depending on the location and size of the tumor. This procedure aims to remove tumors while minimizing damage to healthy brain tissue.
Extra-cranial to intra-cranial cerebral bypass for Moya-Moya and related cerebrovascular occlusive disease
Extra-cranial to intra-cranial cerebral bypass for Moya-Moya and related cerebrovascular occlusive disease is a surgical technique to improve blood flow to the brain. During the procedure, a healthy blood vessel from outside the skull is connected to a blood vessel inside the brain, creating a new pathway for blood flow. This bypass helps to bypass blocked or narrowed arteries, increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the brain and reducing the risk of strokes and related complications.
Microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve compression syndromes
Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure to treat trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve compression syndromes. During MVD, the surgeon places a small cushion between the affected cranial nerve and the blood vessel that is compressing it. This alleviates the pressure on the nerve and reduces pain. MVD is a highly effective and minimally invasive approach to provide long-term relief from severe facial pain caused by cranial nerve compression.
Chiari decompression is a surgical procedure to treat Chiari malformation, a condition where brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. During the surgery, the surgeon removes a small portion of the skull at the back of the head to create more space for the brain and relieve pressure on the spinal cord. This allows the cerebrospinal fluid to flow more freely and alleviates symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, and balance issues.
Contact Us Today
Dr. Lekovic and his team are dedicated to providing exceptional care for various brain, spinal, peripheral nerve, and head and neck conditions. If you or a loved one is experiencing any neurological symptoms or concerns, we encourage you to contact us for brain surgery with Dr. Lekovic. His expertise and personalized approach will ensure you receive the best possible evaluation and treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards improved neurological health.