Laser Ablation Surgery for Epilespy and Brain Tumors
Sutter Neuroscience Institute
Sutter Neuroscience Institute is one of the leading facilities in the country using an innovative treatment that replaces open surgery with minimally invasive lasers to treat epilepsy and brain tumors in both adults and children.
What is Laser Ablation Surgery
Laser ablation surgery is a minimally invasive technology that destroys problematic tissue in seconds at temperatures near 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This technique harnesses the unique thermal mapping capabilities from MRI imaging data, allowing the team to monitor temperature changes during the ablation process - reducing damage to the healthy tissue. Watch a step-by-step overview of the procedure.
Applications for Laser Ablation Surgery
Epilepsy Applications include:
- Deep brain lesions
- Seizures that start in a focal area of the brain
- Effective for patients who have had open surgery in the past
- Failed medical management of seizures
- Focal Cortical Displasia
- Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Brain tumor applications include:
- Brain tumors treated include astrocytoma, ependymoma, glioblastoma, meningioma, schwannoma, metastatic brain tumors
- Effective for patients with inoperable tumors due to prior surgeries and/or radiation
- Radiation Necrosis
Benefits of Laser Ablation Surgery
With a traditional craniotomy, patients are generally hospitalized between four to 10 days and can expect weeks of recovery. There’s also a higher chance of complications with an open craniotomy, including bleeding, loss of sight and memory function.
With this minimally invasive approach, our team is able to target problematic tissue (within 1 mm), substantially reducing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Patients are released from the hospital the day after surgery and can resume normal activities within the week.
Why Choose Sutter Neuroscience Institute
The actual treatment takes just a few minutes, but it is the unique partnership of our multidisciplinary team from Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Diagnostic Imaging that ensures its success. One of the main differentiators of our program is our team’s ability to covert patients with generalized epilepsy to focal epilepsy, giving patients who might not have previously been a candidate a chance at this lifesaving treatment. Our team has access to the latest technology and our experience with this procedure is among the highest on the West Coast. We also track patient outcomes are our neurodiagnostic tests post-surgery and at six months show the same response rates as an open craniotomy.
Our Laser Surgery Team
In addition to our laser surgery team, we have pediatric and adult epileptologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, radiation oncologists and rehabilitation specialists.
To learn more about our laser ablation surgery or to find out if you are a candidate please call us at (916) 454-6667 or use the form to the right.
Like any typical 9-year-old boy, Brandon enjoys riding his bike and swimming. But Brandon’s medical history is anything but typical. For years he suffered from grand mal seizures and the effects of anti-seizure medication. That was until he got laser ablation surgery.
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