Endoscopic Surgery

 

The use of the endoscope in neurosurgery has revolutionised surgical approaches to conditions involving the fluid spaces (ventricles) of the brain and pathology of the skull base. The endoscope is a useful adjunct in endoscopic assisted biopsy and removal of tumours.

Treatment of certain forms of hydrocephalus can be done completely with the use of an endoscope without the need for leaving shunts in situ.

An endoscopic third ventriculostomy is performed when using the endoscope to gain access to the third ventricle and using instruments to make a hole in the floor of the third ventricle to divert the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and relieve the associated raised intra cranial pressure.