Keyhole surgery is the concept of safely removing brain, skull base and pituitary tumors through smaller, more precise openings that minimize collateral damage to surrounding scalp, brain, blood vessels and nerves. A majority of these tumors can now be removed via one of the several keyhole approaches available nowadays, using a small craniotomy (bony skull opening) or an approach through the nostrils. These approaches are technically demanding, require specialized instrumentation, significant surgical expertise and are not appropriate for all tumors. Find out more.
What is it like to be a brain surgeon? Take a look behind the scenes and follow a young doctor through his day as a neurosurgery fellow in a busy practice at Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California.