Arlington, TX - Hospital Offers Zero-Incision Brain Surgery
A brain surgery technique that reportedly offers minimal scarring and shortened recovery time is among several new brain and spine procedures now available at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
The surgery, endoscopic transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, involves removal of a pituitary tumor through a patient's nasal cavity and eliminates the need for incisions. The traditional method is more invasive and requires removal of bones in the septum of the nose, said Sabatino Bianco, MD, medical director of neuroscience.
"Patients usually leave within 48 hours of having this surgery," said Bianco, who first studied the minimally invasive method as a medical student in Italy more than 15 years ago. "The recovery is similar to what you'd experience with a minor procedure and there's less pain and scarring involved."