Depending on the section of your nervous system that is damaged or the surrounding tissues and structures, a neurosurgeon may conduct a variety of operations using different methods. Here are some of the common surgical procedures performed by a neurosurgeon:
Peripheral nerve surgery
- Ulnar nerve release:Ring and little finger paralysis result from ulnar nerve compression. An ulnar nerve release (surgical procedure) should prevent long-term nerve damage while potentially improving your symptoms.
- Carpal tunnel release:Carpal tunnel syndrome is surgically treated with carpal tunnel release. The strain on the median nerve at the wrist can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes pain and numbness in the hands.
- Vagus nerve stimulation:A medical procedure called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) involves sending electric signals to the vagus nerve. For some forms of uncontrollable epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression, it is used as an adjunctive therapy.
- Cerebral thrombectomy:A procedure in which a blood clot removed from a vein or an artery in the brain is known as a thrombectomy.
- Brain aneurysm repair:The surgery performed to treat an aneurysm inside or surrounding the brain is known as brain aneurysm repair.
- Brain tumour surgery:A craniotomy is the procedure used most frequently to remove brain tumours. This treatment consists of making a cut in the scalp and extracting a section of the skull's bone so that the neurosurgeon has access to the tumour.
- Stereotactic spine radiosurgery:A novel, non-invasive therapeutic approach including both benign and malignant tumours on the spine is stereotactic spine radiosurgery (SRS).
- Laminectomy:Back surgery called a laminectomy is performed to release pressure on the spinal cord. The lamina will be removed by your doctor during the operation.
- Diskectomy: The damaged portion of a disc in the spine, which has its soft centre emerging through the thick outer coating, is removed during a diskectomy procedure.