Neuroendoscopy uses innovative techniques and endoscopic instruments to treat complex brain and spine diseases in new ways. An endoscope is a tube with a lens and light source at the end that a surgeon carefully guides through small openings of the body. It is connected to a high-definition monitor that a physician uses to view close-up details of the inside of your body.
At the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute, our neurosurgeons are among the most experienced in the world in performing minimally invasive endoscopic spine and brain surgery. These procedures treat brain aneurysms, nerve pain disorders, and many other conditions. We have a passion for changing patients’ lives in meaningful ways, through effective results and symptom relief.
Neuroendoscopy at AHN: Why choose us?
When you come to AHN for neuroendoscopy, you benefit from:
- Neuroendoscopy expertise: AHN neurosurgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained, so they have a deep understanding of complex neurological conditions.
- Minimally invasive approach: Our team is skilled in advanced minimally invasive procedures, having pioneered many of these sophisticated techniques. Our highly trained and talented neurosurgeons perform sophisticated procedures through tiny incisions or through the nose and sinuses without any incisions. Our surgeons are able to treat complex conditions such as brain aneurysms as well as spine and brain tumors that are difficult to reach, with more precision.
- Sophisticated tools: Our team uses advanced imaging systems and tools that locate the exact source of your pain or problem. We perform all neuroendoscopy procedures in AHN’s advanced operating suites, which helps our specialists perform more precise, less invasive procedures that offer you lasting results with less or no scarring.
- Personalized treatment plans: Highly experienced physicians with different areas of expertise consult on your care to develop a treatment plan that matches your needs and circumstances.
- An easier recovery: Compared to open surgery, a less invasive approach offers you multiple benefits, including similar or better results with a quicker recovery after surgery. Learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive neurosurgery.
Conditions we treat with neuroendoscopy
Our neurosurgeons use neuroendoscopy to treat a wide range of spine and brain diseases.
Spine conditions that may benefit from neuroendoscopy treatment include:
- Cervical disc herniation
- Cervical stenosis
- Chiari malformation
- Lumbar disc herniation
- Lumbar stenosis
- Occipital neuralgia
- Spinal cord tumors
- Spinal instability
- Thoracic disc herniation
Brain conditions that may benefit from neuroendoscopy treatment include:
- Benign brain tumors
- Malignant brain tumors (brain cancer)
- Brain aneurysms
- Cushing’s disease
- Pituitary tumors
- Nerve pain disorders, such as trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm
- Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
- Spasmodic toticollis
Neuroendoscopy: the right approach for You
At AHN, physicians work closely together and with you to determine the best treatment path for your situation. Our ultimate goal in using neuroendoscopy is to effectively treat the problem while protecting how your brain or spine functions, so you experience maximum benefits and an easier recovery.
Our neurosurgeons have years of experience treating a wide variety of conditions with the use of minimally invasive endoscopic procedures:
- Endoscopic endonasal procedures remove brain tumors and lesions through the nose. This surgery is highly effective, with patients generally experiencing few side effects and a quicker recovery.
- Endoscopic surgery involves a small incision, instead of a large incision required for traditional surgery. The surgeon guides an endoscope to the area of concern. The surgeon uses a high-definition monitor to provide a detailed view of the area. This surgery helps treat many brain and spine conditions more precisely, leading to substantial symptom relief and a shorter recovery.