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New technologies in neurosurgery

Neurosurgery has always been at the forefront of incorporating new technologies, because of the delicacy with which the brain must always be treated.



Brain tumor surgery  (Source://iStock)
Brain tumor surgery (//iStock)

Neurosurgery has always been at the forefront of incorporating new technologies, because of the delicacy with which the brain must always be treated. Minimally invasive surgeries for tumors, endovascular treatment for aneurysms (no need to open the skull), brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of pain, Parkinson's etc, are already incorporated realities. Senator McCain was submitted to a minimally invasive neurological surgery, performed through the eyelid; against the recommendation of his physicians, he returned to the Senate in a few days.

As in other medical specialties, the robot has been used recently in neurosurgery. It is capable of reducing by at least half the surgical time of some procedures. It is not a substitute for the surgeon, but an aggregate technology.