Advanced Neurosurgical Techniques

UW Carbone Cancer Center has one of the largest neurosurgery departments in Wisconsin, offering advanced surgery for patients with brain tumors and other neurological disorders.




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.