Now, Sheba Medical Center in Israel has made neuroendoscopy available to patients with brain pathologies. In neuroendoscopy, a fiber optic cable is inserted into the brain ventricles.
Dr. Jacob Zauberman explains, “This minimally-invasive approach is primarily used for surgeries in the cerebrospinal fluid cavities to treat hydrocephalus, to perform biopsies, and to remove cysts and small tumors. Surgeons can also use neuroendoscopy to remove tumors at the base of the brain and in the hypophysis, or pituitary gland.”
What Conditions can be Addressed with Neuroendoscopy?
The highly trained professionals in the Department of Neurosurgery at Sheba Medical Center regularly use neuroendoscopy in the treatment of aggressive or malignant brain tumors. These tumors are often gliomas, originating in the brain cells that encircle and support neurons. Such tumors include:
The following are additional kinds of brain tumors regularly treated at Sheba:
The most common types of pediatric brain tumors are:
The success rate is about 90% in patients who respond well to a lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap. The rate of complications is small at less than 5%. Possible complications include infection, bleeding, or dysfunction of the shunt.