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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES USES NEW BRAIN TUMOR PROCEDURE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Thursday, October 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK - A new, cutting-edge procedure to remove brain tumors has been performed for the first time in the Natural State at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

UAMS says the minimally invasive surgery has been successfully performed twice, using a tube-like tool, 3-D imagery of tracts in the brain, and a computerized brain-navigation system, which allows surgeons access to tumors, abscesses and hemorrhages more easily, including ones previously considered difficult to access safely.

Another device, the Myriad, is then used to remove the tumors through the Brainpath tube.

John D. Day, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the UAMS College of Medicine, who has performed this new surgery twice, says the new port neurosurgery is a promising development in allowing brain tumor removal with a minimum of injury to normal surrounding brain tissue.
 
“The procedure is the closest that we can get to a precisely-targeted, flawless surgery for deep brain tumors,” Day said in a news release. “We are able to get to tumors in a much safer way that will put patients at less risk of brain damage and will preserve critical brain structures and tracts.”
 
According to UAMS, Day underwent extensive training in March in order to perform the surgery.

Day says there are only about 50 neurosurgeons in the United States currently equipped to use the new devices.
 

For the original article, go to: http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/uams-uses-new-brain-tumor-procedure-for-1st-time-in-ark/d/story/LcdK1db3a0GGML10m47CWg

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