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Child Procedures

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy / ventriculoscopy is a minimally invasive keyhole neurosurgical procedure which gives access to the deepest parts of the brain.

Procedure

The procedure involves a small incision behind the hairline. A small opening is made in the skull. A specially designed fine bore endoscope is then inserted down this opening into the lateral ventricle (the large chambers on each side of the brain containing cerebrospinal fluid – CSF). Using this technique, access into the ventricles (chambers of the brain), deep parts of the brain and the brainstem can be achieved with relative ease. Tumours and cysts can be removed via this approach. CSF diversion / bypass can be performed. Inspection post-tumour removal can also be carried out to ensure that the tumour has been completely removed.

Other Applications

Ventriculoscopy can be used as an adjunct to other forms of neurosurgery in order to inspect the surgical site, remove small tumours that are located in regions with difficult access, and create openings in sites with obstruction.

Benefits
  • Minimally invasive key-hole surgery
  • Access through frontal lobe of brain – the most quiescent part of the brain
  • Wide range of applications
  • Minimal hospital stay
     

Please discuss with your surgeon the risks and benefits of each option.

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