EYELID TO THE BRAIN
ANCHOR LEAD: A SURGICAL APPROACH THROUGH THE EYELID ALLOWS ACCESS TO THE BRAIN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Imagine having brain surgery that doesn’t mar your face or scalp. That’s a reality now that surgeons at Johns Hopkins led by Kofi Boahene have proven a technique using a small incision through the eyelid’s natural crease is safe and effective. Boahene says the approach, called ‘transpalpebral orbitofrontal craniotomy,’ has a number of potential applications.
BOAHENE: This is an easy access way to gain into the brain and the skull base, which is where the brain sits, to fix leaks, take care of infections, take out tumors, fix injuries that have happened after trauma. The thing that impresses us about this is you make a small cut in an area that is similar to doing a cosmetic surgery and you can get open access to areas that otherwise requires big incisions, big surgery to get to. :29
Boahene says careful evaluation is needed to make sure a patient’s best option is using this approach. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.