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New laser brain surgery gives hope

May 01, 2015

“I’m sorry, there’s nothing more I can do for you.” Perhaps you or a loved one with an inoperable brain tumor has received this chilling diagnosis, words void of hope and healing.

Persons with inoperable or hard-to-access brain tumors now have an option that can add months or years to their lives—right here in the Greater-Dayton area. Three neurosurgeons are performing the minimally invasive, image-guided laser therapy at Kettering Medical Center.

The technology is the NeuroBlate® System from Monteris Medical®. The system can be precisely controlled to destroy abnormal tissue while doing as little harm as possible to surrounding healthy tissue.

It is truly amazing

Unlike traditional brain surgery, NeuroBlate does not require a large opening in the skull that exposes the brain, which in and of itself can be a traumatic injury to the brain. Using NeuroBlate, the surgeon makes a small hole in the skull about as big around as a pencil. While the patient’s head is secured in place, the surgeon guides a small probe through that hole precisely into the tumor. The probe delivers laser light energy to heat up and destroy the tumor.

“This is game-changing, 21stcentury surgery,” says Phillip Porcelli, DO. “When I perform the treatment, I am not even touching the patient. I am in a room adjacent to the MRI suite where the patient is being scanned in real time. With a computer and a click of the mouse, I am controlling the laser that is destroying the tumor—it is truly amazing.”

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