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Neuronavigation is the surgeon’s GPS. While it is connected directly to the microscope, it allows precise navigation of the surgical instruments during the intervention, increasing the surgeon’s precision and decreasing the surgical risks. Minimally invasive neurosurgery is made possible by the neuronavigation.
After uploading the patient’s MRI into the neuronavigation system, all the details acquired by the IRM are correlated with the skin of the head of the patient. The operating microscope is connected to the neuronavigation and thus allows the surgeon to know, in real time, the position of his instruments and the part of the brain where he or she works, decreasing the risks of destruction of the normal cerebral tissue and vessels.
The ultrasonic aspirator is a surgical instrument which fragments and aspires the tumour, without putting any pulling tension on the brain. The tumour is fragmented by the tip of the instrument which vibrates at 36 000 Hz. To a certain point of power intensity, it keeps the integrity of the normal vessels, thus decreasing the blood loss.
The operating microscope is the most important tool in the surgeon’s armamentarium. It allows magnification of the operated field providing impressive images of the brain and its vessels. It assures perfect lighting and magnification increasing the surgeon’s precision.
Electrophysiology is a monitoring instrument of the cerebral and spinal neural pathways. Permanent monitoring of these pathways can be achieved through electrode implanting and stimulation.
Neuroanesthesia techniques allow impressive surgeries like awake brain surgery. During the surgery the patient is asked to do some specific tests that show a functioning cortical area. The surgeon is reassured through direct stimulation of the cortex that he is not harming functional cortical areas like speech, movement, sight.