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Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy

Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat certain types of brain tumors and other brain abnormalities. It involves the use of a laser probe that is inserted directly into the brain through a small hole in the skull. The laser then emits high-energy heat waves, which are used to destroy targeted areas of the brain tissue.

During the procedure, the surgeon uses advanced imaging techniques to guide the laser probe to the precise location of the tumor or abnormal tissue. The laser is then activated, heating the tissue and causing the cells to die and be absorbed by the body.

LITT has several advantages over traditional brain surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced risk of complications, and shorter recovery times. It can also be used to treat tumors or abnormalities that are in difficult-to-reach areas of the brain, or that are located close to critical brain structures that are at risk during traditional surgery. While LITT has been shown to be effective in treating certain types of brain tumors and abnormalities, it may not be appropriate for larger or more complex tumors.

For more information about brain tumor care at CHI Memorial Neuroscience Institute, call (423) 206-9480.