Approximately 25,000 patients are diagnosed each year with a brain tumor. Of those, these are either Primary (Only found in the brain), or Secondary (as a result of a metastasized cancer from another organ in the body, lungs, kidney or others). It is believed metastatic cancers travel through the bloodstream, and secondary brain tumors are much more common than primary occurring mostly in adults. The exact cause for these are not fully understood, certain risk factors like smoking, poor diet, obesity can contribute, but typically links our found in our genes, and prior family history.
Treatment options can include Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, radiosurgery, Gamma Knife, and even open surgical procedures. When surgical intervention is required for treatment, your Neurosurgeon will remove a section of the skull to access the tumor, this is referred to as a craniotomy. ACE Medical Company offers our ceramic kerrison’s to help remove the skull flap. It is recommended to use a standard footplate two and three millimeter and drill first to remove excessive cortical bone.
Each tumor is its own unique type, although surgeons will have a good idea, they must remove a section of the tumor and have its culture tested to confirm the type. Some cancers are more aggressive than others and can require very different techniques for removal. Protecting the healthy tissue of the brain is imperative and our Telfa product serves as an excellent non-stick patty. In addition, surgeons may want an even thinner pad, for those cases we offer the delicot.
Common types of tumors include Gliomas, Glioblastomas (By far the most aggressive type), Lymphomas, Pituitary, Skull Base and Spine Tumors. Symptoms can be fairly consistent, headaches, nausea, confusion and sometimes seizures or memory loss. Diagnosis is typically done at a doctor’s appointment, then is confirmed by imaging either by MRI or a CT scan.
After the surgeon has removed the portion of the skull where he is going to work, he will then begin carefully dissecting the dura, to expose the brain. Extreme caution is used to prevent but it is always inevitable there will be bleeding. The ac bipolars with their solid silver alloy tips provide the safest and most effective means to prevent the tissue from sticking while cauterizing. Depending on the location of your tumor, surgeons will take very different approaches.
When tissue needs to be cut, or dissected to remove the tumor, surgeons require a very delicate and sharp scissor. Our Charmant line of Microscissors offer a wide range of options. Longer blades are typically preferred, models like the 31-19 offer a 15.3mm long blade perfect for extended cutting strokes. Straight micro scissors come in either a round (Like the model 31-16) or a flat handle (31-29) to accommodate any surgeons preference. Last to manipulate very delicate structures like vessels our micro forceps come as small as .15mm at the tip, and grasp easily with a very well-balanced feeling. Once your surgery is complete and you are discharged from the hospital, your surgeon will likely schedule follow up radiation or chemotherapy treatments to remove any tumor cells that may be residing.