Which technologies assist modern neurosurgeons?

Neurosurgeons rely heavily on technology to make treatments less invasive and safer. Many patients in need of neurosurgery are surprised at their options for minimally invasive treatments and how quick and comfortable recovery can be. These advanced treatment options also provide care for conditions that were considered to be unmanageable. Here is a look at some of the technologies being used by neurosurgeons today.

Deep brain stimulation

  1. Deep brain stimulation is performed by placing electrodes within the brain to stabilize abnormal impulses. As explained in the video, it can be used to treat multiple movement disorders. Some of the diseases and conditions that can be helped by deep brain stimulation include:
  • Essential tremor
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • OCD
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Some types of chronic pain

Deep brain stimulation is usually performed after medications have provided sufficient symptom relief. Researchers are currently investigating its usefulness in treating depression, addiction, dementia, and brain damage caused by stroke.

Robotic surgery
Robotic surgery is a technique in which robotic instruments make incisions and excisions during surgery. The robotic tools are controlled by a surgeon, who operates them from a control panel that incorporates a high-resolution camera, so that he or she can clearly see the patient during the procedure.

Robotic surgery offers multiple benefits to patients, such as:

  • Smaller, more precise incisions
  • Faster recovery times
  • Less surgical and post-surgical bleeding

Neurointerventional Biplane System
The Neurointerventional Biplane System allows neurological procedures that would have been done with traditional, open surgery in the past to be treated with minimally invasive procedures. The system allows neurointerventionalist to map the flow of blood through the vein without an open surgery, and then treat any issues minimally invasively, through a catheter introduced through an entry point in the leg.

Some of the conditions treated with this system include:

  • Stroke
  • Carotid artery blockages
  • Intracranial hemorrhages
  • Arteriovenous malformations

Riverside Community Hospital is the only place in western Riverside County with a Neurointerventional Biplane System , and our neurosurgeons rely on advanced technologies every day to provide the best possible patient care. To learn more about our services, including robotic surgery in Riverside, please call (951) 788-3463.

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