Laser Brain Surgery for Brain Tumors and Epilepsy
Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, NY, offers a pioneering neurosurgery option for children with brain tumors and epilepsy. Upstate is one the few centers in the world to offer this technology.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, uses real-time MRI-guided thermal imaging and laser technology to destroy lesions in the brain that cause epilepsy and uncontrollable seizures. Depth and resistant brain tumors are also treated with this technology.
Dr. Tovar-Spinoza and colleague, Yaman Eksioglu, MD, PhD, designed a first-ever minimally invasive multi-staged treatment for patients with tuberosclerosis and epilepsy with succesful outcomes in local and international patients. The technique (pioneered at Upstate Medical University) replaces replaces open surgery for patients with tuberosclerosis, and allows multiple tumors to be removed in a single session.
Surgery is performed in the state-of-the-art surgical suite at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Accessing the brain via a 3.2 mm keyhole and an ultra thin 1.3 mm laser applicator, the heating of the lesion allows the disconnection or destruction of the ablated area with exact precision that protects the healthy surrounding brain.
Patients typically need only a single stitch to close the incision and are usually discharged from the hospital the next day.