EYELIDS FOR EVERYONE?
ANCHOR LEAD: WILL A NEW TECHNIQUE FOR BRAIN SURGERY THROUGH THE EYELID REPLACE OLDER APPROACHES? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If you had to have brain surgery you’d probably rather have a less invasive surgery that allows you to go home earlier and leaves nary a trace, right? That’s possible with a surgical approach called ‘transpalpebral orbitofrontal craniotomy’ developed at Johns Hopkins by Kofi Boahene and colleagues. But not everyone is a candidate.
BOAHENE: We don’t want to claim that this is a replacement for open techniques and endoscopics. It is a tool that we now have that in selected cases when open access and minimum access can easily get to the tumor. Advantages? Quicker to do, quicker recovery, less disruption of major tissues, better recovery better cosmetic outcome, but in the end you want to do the same surgery that an open big surgery can do otherwise it’s not a good choice. You do not want to compromise taking care of the patient just because you want to limit your incisions. :32
Careful evaluation is key. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.