Minimally invasive tubular surgery is used to remove certain types of tumors in the brain and spine. The procedure involves the use of a tubular retractor, which is a small, cylindrical device that is inserted through a small incision. The retractor is then guided to the target area, providing a clear view of the surgical site while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues. During the surgery, the neurosurgeon uses specialized instruments to remove the tumor from the brain or spine.
Benefits of minimally invasive tubular surgery over traditional surgery include smaller incisions, less blood loss, reduced risk of infection, and quicker recovery. It is also associated with less postoperative pain. For more information about brain tumor care at CHI Memorial Neuroscience Institute, call (423) 206-9480.