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If you have a condition that requires brain or spine surgery, you may have heard the phrase "minimally invasive surgery." You may also have wondered what this means — and what it means for your health.
At Tufts Medical Center, our neurosurgeons specialize in using tubes, cameras, computer-guided instruments and other minimally invasive equipment to treat conditions such as:
Depending on your particular situation, minimally invasive surgery may provide a safer and less disruptive alternative to traditional, or "open," surgery. Benefits include:
Because minimally invasive surgery is the right choice for so many patients, we've dedicated an entire operating room to the technology. The state-of-the-art suite features high-definition endoscopes and ceiling-mounted screens that let our neurosurgeons observe your procedure from anywhere in the room.
All of this technology has just one purpose: to provide you with superior care so you can get back to living your life.
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Carl Heilman, MD leads our team of experienced neurosurgeons. His knowledge of minimally invasive techniques is unparalleled. In fact, he was the first neurosurgeon in New England to treat pituitary tumors endoscopically. Dr. Heilman is also a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he trains future medical leaders in the latest endoscopic techniques.
Other Tufts MC surgeons are also dedicated to improving care by developing safer, less invasive surgical practices. For example, Adel Malek, MD is one of only a few U.S. doctors to treat large aneurysms — and help prevent strokes — using the new Pipeline™ Embolization Device.
Our neurosurgeons individualize your care using a variety of treatments and techniques.
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Title(s): Neurosurgeon-in-Chief; Chairman of Neurosurgery; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5860
Fax #: 617-636-7587
Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, Chiari surgery
Title(s): Chief, Neurovascular Surgery; Director, Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Division Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8200
Fax #: 617-636-7587
Aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial atherosclerosis, arterial dissection