• Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery

    The Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Division (MIND) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is uniquely positioned to encompass many facets of the division under one umbrella with one common goal: to minimize the trauma of surgery, for the patient and the delicate tissues that are operated on.

    Minimally invasive surgery focuses on reducing pain and blood loss, shortening recovery time and hospital stay and finding new techniques to reduce scarring during surgery. Cincinnati Children's is constantly seeking to explore new techniques for removing tumors, blood clots and other deep-seated lesions.

    Our team of experienced neurosurgeons has developed and currently performs numerous minimally invasive operations to treat conditions including:

    For hydrocephalus:

    • Endoscopic third ventriculocisternostomy for aqueductal stenosis and certain other types of hydrocephalus due to blockage of the spinal fluid pathways
    • Endoscopic fenestration of multiloculated ventricles to open membranes that may be obstructing the flow of spinal fluid within the ventricles
    • Endoscopic septostomy for trapped lateral ventricles to reopen the natural pathways of spinal fluid circulation

    For arachnoid cysts:

    • Endoscopic cyst fenestration to relieve pressure from a congenital cyst on the surrounding brain
    • Microsurgical cyst fenestration to relieve pressure from a congenital cyst on the surrounding brain

    For brain tumors:

    • Endoscopic guided craniotomy for tumor biopsy or excision • Endoscopic assisted craniotomy for tumor excision

    For craniosynostosis:

    • Minimal access calvarial vault remodeling
    • Minimal access spring assisted vault remodeling

    For spasticity:

    • Minimal access laminectomy for selective dorsal rhizotomy

    For infectious collections and hematomas of certain parts of the brain:

    • Minimal access supraorbital “eyebrow incision” drainage of certain fluid collections in the brain

    Your neurosurgeon will give you more information as to whether one of these alternative operations to more standard surgical approaches is appropriate for your child. As with everything we do, the safety of your child is our first concern. Many of these operations have been designed specifically to decrease the potential complications that are inherent to any operation.