Cranial Neurosurgery
Cranial Neurosurgery

Neurological Institute

Cranial Neurosurgery Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis with Cranial Neurosurgery

Choosing the safest trajectory to the problem within the skull requires extremely careful pre-surgical planning. Whether this means a minimally invasive procedure with a small opening in the skull or a combined approach through the base of the skull (such as through the nose, the mouth, or behind the ear) depends on the underlying issue. A multidisciplinary approach is necessary for safe surgical preparation and treatment. For instance, patients with tumors involving the skull base are evaluated by a team of caregivers that includes otolaryngologists, endocrinologists, and ophthalmologists in addition to surgeons.

Because pre-operative planning is the mainstay of success, the expert Cranial Neurosurgery Program team makes extensive use of imaging technologies in preparation for surgery. Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans provide invaluable information about the individual’s skull anatomy and the location and behavior of the tumor or other disorder. Sometimes, diagnosis also requires laboratory testing of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

Treatment with Cranial Neurosurgery

Expert surgeons and supporting caregivers at the Cranial Neurosurgery Program make use of a number of important technologies that maximize the safety and success of craniotomies. These include:

  • Imaging: Imaging technology is incorporated in the navigation system and the microscope during surgery to allow better visibility during the procedure.
  • Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IOM): This is a technology used to monitor the function of cranial nerves as well as overall body function during surgery. This approach can greatly increase success, leading to fewer side effects, better outcomes, and more complete removal of brain tumors.
  • Fluorescence guided surgery: This state-of-the-art method uses special dyes and lamps to distinguish tumor tissue from adjacent brain tissue.

For patients with vascular malformations that require cranial neurosurgery, caregivers may offer neuro-interventional (minimally invasive) treatment, surgical treatment, or a combination of both, focusing on what is best for the patient.

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Meet Our Team

The Cranial Neurosurgery Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Neurological Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration of highly trained medical professionals with broad expertise in planning and performing brain surgeries.

Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeons
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Endocrinologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Oncologist
  • Neuro-anesthesiologists
  • Neuro-intensive care unit (ICU) physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Neuro-rehabilitation physicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Social workers.
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