Brain Tumor Removal Surgery

Brain tumors are abnormal growths in the brain, for which the main treatment is often a tumor resection.

Tumors of the brain can be surgically resected several different ways, with the approach depending on the type of tumor, its location, and its size, along with other identifying factors.

The most common brain tumor surgeries:

  • Craniotomy
    An open surgery technique involving the temporary removal of a section of skull bone, allowing the neurosurgeon access to the brain and tumor. Some craniotomies can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques, resulting in a smaller skull opening and a faster recovery time.
  • Transsphenoidal surgery
    A minimally invasive operation performed either through the  mouth or nostrils with the aid of an endoscope. This procedure results in minute incisions that are barely visible.

For certain tumors that are small and asymptomatic, close observation may be recommended without further intervention. However, for most brain tumors, the first step is surgical intervention under general anesthesia with the end goal of removing as much of the tumor as possible while preserving brain tissue and overall brain function.