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Advanced Neurosurgical Techniques

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center has one of the largest neurosurgical departments in Wisconsin, offering advanced surgical techniques and procedures to our patients.
 
Craniotomy
 
Craniotomy refers to a surgical procedure where a small opening is made in the skull to gain access to a tumor. Using Stealth MRI, neurosurgeons are guided to the precise location of the tumor in order to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
 
Tissue from both procedures are analyzed by a neuropathologist, one of only five neuropathologists in Wisconsin. Based on this analysis, an exact diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment can be planned.
 
Awake Craniotomy with Functional Brain Mapping
 
An awake craniotomy is similar to a standard craniotomy but the patient is fully awake during the middle of the procedure. While the patient is awake, functional brain mapping can be performed. This gives the neurosurgeon vital information about the speech and motor areas of the brain. There is no pain while being awake because the brain does not have any pain receptors.
 
Skull-based Surgery
 
Skull based surgery is a specialized operative approach for tumors along the skull.  Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgeons, otolarygologists and radiation oncologists.
 
Stealth Neuro-navigational/Image-guided Craniotomy
 
Stealth neuro-navigational/image-guided craniotomy is a specialized imaging with computer guidance using the microscope for precise tumor removal.
 
Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
 
Stereotactic brain biopsy uses a CT or MRI scan and a computer system to assist our neurosurgeons in pinpointing the precise location of the brain mass so that a small amount of tumor tissue can be removed for diagnosis.