Surgery to the brain and spinal cord is usually complicated and requires a high degree of precision as it is difficult to visualize and isolate abnormal tissue, and damage to normal tissue can lead to serious complications.
Computer-guided neurosurgery involves the use of detailed imaging systems, minimally invasive techniques and computer software to create 3-dimensional models of the area to be treated which your doctor uses to plan the least invasive and safest surgical approach. With the help of real-time imaging and instrument tracking systems, the computer guides your surgeon as the procedure is being carried out to ensure precise targeting of abnormal tissue and minimal manipulation of normal tissue.
Computer-guided neurosurgery may be used to treat brain and spinal cord abnormalities such as tumours, infections and vascular malformations. It results in shorter hospital stays with fewer complications.