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Stereotactic Surgery

The neurosurgeons in the Department of Neurosurgery perform a wide variety of stereotactic surgical procedures. The use of stereotactic localization allows a physician to be extremely precise when performing a biopsy on an intracranial lesion. If you have a lesion in a deeper area of your brain or an area that is less surgically accessible, you may require this type of procedure. The stereotactic localization of these tumors allows a neurological surgeon to perform a biopsy.

These procedures can often be performed on an outpatient basis. A stereotactic biopsy is performed in the operating room. You are placed in a head frame while under local anesthesia with some general intravenous sedation. A stereotactic CT scan is then generated. Data from this scan is entered into a targeting computer which assists the surgeon in obtaining a biopsy of the lesion. A pathologist will evaluate the biopsy specimen and make a diagnosis to aide the surgeon in planning for further treatment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY AT (850) 877-5115.


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