Brain Tumors (radiosurgery)
The goal of our practice is to determine whether surgery will be necessary to treat the tumor. We work closely with neurologists, oncologists, and radiation oncologists to provide comprehensive care as oftentimes further treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy are necessary as follow-up treatments to surgery.
We also perform radiosurgery by working closely with the radiation oncology team. Radiosurgery can treat tumors deep in the brain that would otherwise be inaccessible. Radiosurgery is focused beam radiation that is used to treat small tumors (often less than 3 cm in diameter).
Done as an outpatient procedure, radiosurgery allows for precise targeting of tumor. Patients are fitted for a head frame and the radiation is then delivered in a quiet and relaxing setting. Once finished the frame is removed and patients goes home.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (shunt)
Normal pressure hydrocephalus – a condition typically diagnosed in the elderly – occurs when excessive amounts of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in CSF containing spaces of the brain. The treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus is insertion of a shunt. A shunt is essentially a tube that drains the fluid away from the CSF containing cavities of the brain (ventricles) into the abdominal or chest wall cavity where the CSF is easily absorbed.
The most recent advancement in shunt technology includes valves that have the ability to drain CSF under different pressure settings. The valve pressures can be changed easily via a hand held magnetic controlling device that is placed just under the scalp. Once in place this method does not require further surgery. The surgeon can adjust the valve pressures to help control instances where there is over drainage or under drainage of CSF.