Neuroendoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat a variety of brain, head, and spine conditions. Instead of making a large incision in the skull, a thin, flexible camera (endoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted through either a natural opening in the body or through a small incision(s). Neuroendoscopy, or endoscopic neurosurgery, is highly precise surgical technique that reduces the need to manipulate brain tissue and major nerves, preserving their function.
You can entrust your neurosurgery to the experts at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals. Find a neurologist or neurosurgeon to learn more about neuroendoscopy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Why We Perform Endoscopic Neurosurgery at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Neuroendoscopy allows surgeons to reach tumors and other problem areas previously considered inoperable due to their position inside the skull.
Since neuroendoscopy may be performed through natural body openings, such as the nose, there is no need for large incisions. The likelihood of unsightly scars is reduced. An example is endonasal neurosurgery or endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA), which is a minimally invasive surgery performed through the nasal cavity to reach brain tumors inside the skull. If small incisions are needed, your neurosurgeon often can hide them in the hairline or behind the ear to hide any scars.
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, neuroendoscopy is commonly used to treat:
- Bone cancers, including osteosarcoma of the skull base
- Brain tumors, including pituitary tumors
- Conditions affecting vision such as optic nerve compression
- Cranial nerve damage or disorders such as Bell’s palsy and trigeminal neuralgia
- Facial bone and skull fractures
- Head and neck tumors, including sinus cancer and glomus tumors
- Herniated spinal discs of the mid- or lower-back
- Nervous system cysts
- Neurovascular conditions, including arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms, and hemorrhagic stroke
- Pseudotumors (false tumors) of the brain, including pseudotumor cerebri
- Spinal compression fractures
Our Neuroendoscopic Procedure & Recovery
Neuroendoscopy typically takes place within a hospital and often requires at least an overnight stay for monitoring. Some procedures can be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and you can go home the same day.
With EEA, you may feel only mild sinus discomfort after the procedure. For surgeries involving small incisions in the scalp and the bone of the skull, you’ll be given pain medicines to keep you comfortable after the procedure.
One of the many benefits of neuroendoscopy is its lower rate of complications compared to open surgery with a larger incision. Although there are risks, the benefits of surgery outweigh potential complications in many cases. Your surgeon and care team will answer any questions you have about your surgery.
Before you go home from the hospital, your neurosurgical care team will provide instructions on how to care for your incisions (if any), acceptable activity levels, and recommended follow-up appointments. Most people experience a smooth recovery and a greatly improved quality of life.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers neuroendoscopy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.