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Disorders that affect the brain can be some of the most debilitating patients can face, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is available to help guide them through the ins and outs of brain treatments.

Brain Tumors

Brain-tumor services at Texas Health Dallas include technology and procedures for the care of benign and malignant brain tumors. Physicians on the medical staff — including neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists — work together to provide comprehensive patient care.

Treatment for brain tumors is managed by physicians on the medical staff and depends on several factors, including the type of tumor, the location and the rate of growth. Inpatient and outpatient care options for a variety of brain tumors are available, including the following:

  • Surgery, including 3-D image-guided surgery (BrainSuite®)
  • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery for benign and malignant tumors
  • Laser treatment for brain tumors deemed inoperable (Neuroblate™)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Integrative medicine options and support groups

To find a physician trained in any of these technologies, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

Advanced Surgical Technology

NeuroBlate® - The Neuroblate® System applies focused laser energy to ablate tumors from the inside, with little effect on the surrounding brain tissue. It provides a selective thermal ablation delivered by a gas-cooled, side-fired laser-delivery probe and is performed in an active MRI magnet, allowing surgeons to monitor the ablation in real time. The Neuroblate® System allows surgeons to reach virtually anywhere in the brain, allowing them to precisely sculpt the ablation in order to absorb irregular tumors.

Appropriate candidates are those tumor patients who have been told they are not candidates for traditional surgical excision of a life-threatening malignant tumor, based on the tumor size or location.

BrainSUITE® - Texas Health Dallas neurosurgeons on the hospital's medical staff were the first in the United States to utilize BrainSUITE technology. Intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) Neurosurgical Suite. BrainSUITE technology helps to optimize brain surgery by combining image-guided surgery, high-field magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) within the operating room, and data-management and visualization technology. This specialized operating environment fully integrates all available and relevant surgical and diagnostic tools to treat complicated brain tumors and other neurosurgical cases. The navigation system serves like a GPS (global positioning system) for the brain, providing instant updates on where the instruments are in relation to the tumor. This capability can be especially important when surgery is performed close to critical structures within the brain.

This technology can be used for a variety of conditions requiring brain surgery, such as:

  • Glioma and other complicated primary-tumor resection
  • Metastases to the brain
  • Pituitary tumor surgery
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Biopsy
  • Vascular surgery, including vascular malformations in the brain

GammaKnife® - Gamma Knife® is not really a knife at all. It is an instrument that focuses multiple beams of radiation on a targeted point in the brain. Each beam of radiation is low-intensity. However, at the point where they meet, the beams have the cumulative strength to damage or destroy tissue. This procedure is also known as stereotactic radiosurgery.  The instrument's precision allows abnormal brain tissue in close proximity to critical brain structures to be destroyed with low risk to the surrounding structures or healthy tissue. Gamma Knife surgery is generally considered a safe, effective means of treating certain types of brain tumors and neurological disorders. Being noninvasive, Gamma Knife does not cause the physical trauma and risks of open brain surgery, such as bleeding and infection.

The Gamma Knife is commonly used to treat patients with brain disorders, such as:

  • Brain tumors: Cancerous and noncancerous tumors that originate in the brain or have spread to the brain from other parts of the body
  • Vascular disorders: Blood-vessel abnormalities in the brain
  • Functional disorders: Disorders where the source of the primary abnormality is an alteration in the way the body works rather than an identifiable structure or biochemical malfunction

Neurological Rehabilitation

The neurological rehabilitation program maximizes the overall independence in self-care skills, functional mobility, community integration, functional communication and cognitive skills. The program helps patients master new tools and strategies for living full, productive lives at home, in the community and at work.

The program is individualized to help meet patients’ personal goals, needs and preferences. Advanced equipment and rehabilitation techniques help maximize patients’ overall independence. In addition, the program includes an urban-community replica that simulates real-life situations in a controlled environment.

For more information about any of these programs, please call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

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