Dr.Khalid Mahmood is a leading neurosurgeon in Lahore, Pakistan with more than 18 years of experience as a senior professor & Consultant Neurosurgeon. He underwent 10 years of surgical training after his house-job at some of the finest hospitals in UK & USA. Much of his time as a neurosurgeon has been spent at the leading edge of Brain Tumor surgeon in Pakistan, helping people attain a better quality of life. His meticulous approach to surgery and specialized individual patient care has established his international reputation. Dr.Khalid Mahmood has performed a huge amount of minimally invasive neurosurgical operations.
Brain tumor surgery usually is the first step in treating most benign and many malignant tumors. Although a second opinion is not always necessary, many patients seek one before proceeding with surgery.Surgery is the initial treatment for most caring and many malignant tumors. It is often the preferred treatment when a tumor can be removed without any unnecessary risk of neurological damage.
The most common types of surgery for brain tumors are as follows.
- Complete Removal
It is important to note that all of these procedures are performed on patients who are either asleep or heavily numb. In addition, the brain does not “feel” pain, and all of the surrounding tissues are numbed prior to surgery.
Biopsy: The surgical removal of a sample of tumor tissue.
Craniotomy: The surgical removal of a portion of the skull. Doing so allows the neurosurgeon to find the tumor and remove as much of it as possible. The piece of skull that was removed is replaced following surgery.
Craniectomy: Very similar to a craniotomy. The main difference is that, in this procedure, the portion of the skull that was removed to allow access to the brain is not replaced.
Debulking: The surgical reduction of the size of the tumor
Partial Removal: The surgical removal of only part of the tumor (due to risk of neurological damage).
Complete Removal: The surgical removal of the entire tumor. The surgeon often can tell if regrowth is likely based on the type of tumor.
Shunt: The insertion of a drainage system designed to move excess fluid from the brain to another part of the body.