Non-Invasive Brain Surgery
by: Capella Tucker, August 5, 2005 12:08:00 am
The goal of brain surgery research over the years has been to find ways to be less invasive and find ways to handle the brain tissue more gently. Put that together with the development of radiation therapy and now The Methodist Hospital is using Novalis BrainLAB technology. Neurosurgery Training Program Director Doctor David Baskin says the technology shapes the radiation beam to the tumor. Baskin says this is not a cure, the tumors do come back and the patients are treated again.
Researchers are looking into the possibility of using this technology for other conditions, for example, for epilepsy or other seizure conditions. The technology is *not* widely available. Waco resident Bobbie Moore is one patient who has benefited from the new technology and she's seen the technology develop over the years first hand. Five years ago, Bobbie Moore had a severe toothache and the dentist couldn't relieve the pain. A CAT scan found a tumor the size of an orange. At that time, brain surgery involved cutting open the skull. Her most recent surgery used the latest radiation technology. How she felt afterward was different from the craniotomy.
Any brain surgery, whether it involved cutting or not, comes with risks. Moore continues to have follow-up exams and knows the treatment is not a cure and that the tumor could keep coming back. But now the treatment option is not as dramatic as it once was.