Dénia Hospital has acquired a neuronavigator to carry out surgical interventions that enable the removal of tumors and reduce the risk of the surgery.
The navigation system helps to precisely locate the tumor and approach it more easily. According to Dr. Anwar Saab, Head of Neurosurgery: “It functions like a GPS”. The image of the patient’s brain scan is loaded into the software and, during the surgery, the system helps to locate the exact location of the tumor, through a marker.
The navigation system helps thet neurosurgery team to plan their approach well. According to Dr. Saab: “once we have all of the scan information, the safest pathway to the tumor can be planned”. Furthermore, he adds: “technology facilitates the enlargement of the resection and the removal of the whole tumor”.
Another function of the new neuronavigator is to carry out stereotactic biopsies. They are procedures in which the software guides the neurosurgeon in taking samples, avoiding open surgery.
According to epidemiological data, between 3,000 and 5,000 new cases of brain tumors are detected in Spain every year, of which more than half are benign. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in order to improve the prognosis and avoid neurological consequences, highlights Dr. Alexandre Garcia, Head of Neurology at Denia Health Department.
The symptoms that are most frequently associated with brain tumors greatly vary and range from headaches, accompanied by vomiting, to seizures, visual disturbances, motor and sensory deficits or behavioural problems.
The standard therapeutic strategy for dealing with brain tumors uses increasingly precise and specialized neurosurgery, as well as more advanced radiotherapy and chemotherapy.