Could new brain surgery technique reduce risk for injury, errors?

Going through a surgical procedure may be a very stressful experience. Oftentimes, however, surgery may be the only option available to patients. For those who are going through brain surgery, a successful outcome is of the utmost importance. After all, surgical errors made in this situation could cause a permanent brain injury.

According to a report from, pioneering brain surgery techniques could change how the whole process is viewed. Surgeons with the University of Cincinnati are now using minimally invasive techniques, which have the potential to reduce recovery times and the risk for injury.

Traditional procedures involving the brain usually require surgeons to physically open up the skull. With new techniques, however, surgeons can make a small incision and run surgical tools through arteries and into the brain. Other techniques involve small incisions on the head, eyelid or nose. Regardless, removing the necessity of more radical techniques could be positive for surgical patients.

However, anytime a new medical technique is introduced, doctors should be especially careful about embracing them without understanding the full range of potential pitfalls. Namely, can minimally invasive procedures be successfully replicated in a wide variety of patients? Additionally, are the new techniques equally effective in solving medical issues?

Of course, these types of questions may have to be answered before new brain surgery methods are widely adopted. Above all, surgeons must consider all-available treatments options and proceed with what is in the best interests of the patient. Failure to use caution and care could cause patients and their families to unnecessarily experience hardship.

Source:, “Brain surgery through an incision the size of a pinprick,” Cindy Starr, March 7, 2014