Brain surgery has been known to humanity for at least 3500 years, going back to ancient civilizations in Europe, Africa and South America. Over the past 30 years open surgical craniotomies have been the most common practice for most brain surgeons. However, advances in contemporary medicine have brought new, less invasive and more effective surgical techniques that in some cases successfully replace the traditional methods.
Dr. Christopher Duma, MD, FACS, has been working on the cutting-edge of contemporary brain surgery, performing procedures that implement sophisticated tools and techniques. The state-of-the art equipment used by Dr. Duma offers unprecedented levels of precision, bringing superior results with minimal trauma to the patient. During surgery, the brain can be accessed through the nose or through very small incisions in the skull. These procedures allow for a very quick recovery, have reduced risk of complications and the least amount of patient discomfort. Thanks to these innovations it is possible to remove the brain tumors that were less inoperable in the past.
Admittedly, not all cases can be operated without opening the skull. The following are the most commonly performed brain procedures that are used to biopsy or remove a tumor:
- Craniotomy: during this procedure a part of skull is temporarily removed to access and remove the tumor, after which the piece of skull is usually replaced
- Endonasal endoscopy: the surgeon navigates and accesses the tumor(s) through the nose with the use of a small endoscope
- Neuroendoscopy: an endoscope is inserted into the brain through a small opening in the skull to see the tumor(s), after which the surgeon can operate with special tools attached to the endoscope
While performing open brain operations, even the most seasoned surgeons can and should use all available tools that help improve the precision and accomplish better results. In his work Dr. Duma uses a million dollar computer-assisted stereotactic guidance system (Stealth) that allows him to safely navigate through the brain and achieve unprecedented levels of safety and accuracy in his procedures. For years Dr. Duma has been writing book chapters and giving lectures at major neurosurgical conferences on the use of this advanced equipment.
Additionally, another modern tool that Dr. Duma offers to his patients are Gamma Knife and CyberKnife radiosurgery, which allow him to successfully operate on tumors, metastases and acoustic neuromas without opening the skull. We will discuss Gamma Knife radiosurgery in future blog posts, so stay tuned (or you can also learn more about it on his website.) In addition to his extensive work in the surgical field, Dr. Duma has been one of the leading developers in immunotherapy for various types of malignant brain tumors.
To learn more about Dr. Duma and the wide array of advanced surgical solutions that he offers, please register on our website for a consultation. You can also call us at 949-642-6787.