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Keyhole Brain Surgery is a minimally-invasive proceedure that hides the incision in the eyebrow or in front/behind the ear, leading to an improved cosmetic result and less pain. It can also sometimes be done through the nostrils. Most patients can go home 1-2 days after surgery, usually with minimal pain medication, and can resume normal activities (such as work) within several days.
One type of keyhole brain surgery is a Neuroendoscopy, which is uses an endoscope (a small telescope-like device with a high-resolution video camera on it) to visualize tumors and then biopsy or remove them. A small incision is made on the scalp, and then a small opening is made in the skull to allow the endoscope to be inserted. Small endoscopic instruments are then used to remove the tumor. A neuroendoscopy is only appropriate for certain types of brain tumors (such as deep seated ones).
Keyhole craniotomies have also proven to be very effective and safe for removing aneurysms.
Note: The information provided on this website was not written by a doctor or cancer specialist, so in all cases you should consult your own doctor about diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.