Surgical intervention is the primary treatment for brain cancers (tumours). Such procedures are intricate and need specialised techniques to remove the tumours without causing severe damage. Many benign (non-cancerous) tumours are treated only by surgery. Most malignant (cancerous) tumours usually look quite different from benign tumours. Apart from surgical intervention radiation therapy, steroids and/or chemotherapy are also necessary. The choice of treatment depends on the type and grade of brain tumour, its location, size, patient’s age and general health. Brain cancer surgeries must be performed by well-trained specialists at a good hospital setting. Like all surgeries, brain tumor surgery is most successful when it is performed by a specialist with a great deal of experience in the particular experience. This is especially true with brain tumors, because it is crucial to remove as much of the tumor as possible while leaving intact as much brain function as possible. In our institute there are highly trained physicians work together to give individualized care for malignant (cancer) and benign (non-cancer) brain tumors, collaborating and communicating frequently.
What are the symptoms of a brain cancer?
Symptoms will depend on the size and location of the brain cancer. Common symptoms include headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting, weakness or loss of feeling in the arms or legs, stumbling while walking, changes in vision, abnormal eye movements, drowsiness, change in behaviour, memory, and speech may occur.
What can cause a brain cancer?
The cause of brain tumors are unknown, with most occurring spontaneously. There are a small number of tumors that are likely to genetically inherited.
How long is the hospitalization following brain surgery?
Depending on the location of the brain tumor, hospitalization stay shall vary. Most patients will return home in 7-10 days following surgery.
Brain tumors are abnormal growth or cancers within the brain. Earlier having a brain tumor meant awaiting certain death.
An Arterio-Venous Malformations (AVM) is a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels (arteries and veins), with an innate propensity to bleed. An AVM can occur anywhere in the body, but brain and spinal AVMs present substantial risks when they bleed.
A cranioplasty is performed to correct a deformity or defect of the skull. The deformity/defect could be congenital, as a result of trauma or acquired for example after a previous surgery involving the skull. A craniotomy is the most commonly performed surgery for brain tumour removal.
Lumbar fusion (Arthrodesis) is a major surgery performed to permanently join together two or more bones in the spine so there is no movement between them. These bones are called vertebrae. A lumbar fusion surgery is designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, which in turn should decrease pain generated from the joint.
Lamina is part of the bone that makes up a vertebra in the spine. Laminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina. Laminectomy is also performed to remove bone spurs in the spine. The procedure helps to reduce the pressure off the spinal nerves or spinal cord.
Aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure to correct an aneurysm, a weak area in a blood vessel wall that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out and sometimes burst (rupture). It may cause:-Bleeding into an area around the brain, heart, abdomen-Bleeding that forms a collection of blood (hematoma)