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Brain Tumor Surgery

Surgery is the first and most common treatment for most patients at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center. Brain tumor surgery can provide:

  • The complete removal (resection) of some brain tumors 
  • Partial removal of tumors near sensitive areas of the brain to relieve symptoms and facilitate or increase the effectiveness of other treatments
  • biopsy — a surgical procedure to remove a small sample of a brain tumor for examination under a microscope — is usually performed during surgery to remove the tumor.  A biopsy enables doctors to confirm the diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment.
  • Better quality of life: Less pressure within the skull can mean reduced symptoms and improved ability to function (e.g., to think, speak or see better)

Malignant Brain Tumor Surgery: What You Need to Know

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Chetan Bettegowda, M.D., Ph.D. provides what you need to know about surgical options for malignant brain tumors, including what surgical options are available, when they are considered, how to choose a brain tumor center, and the anticipated course of treatment, recovery time and outcomes.

Why Brain Tumor Surgery at Johns Hopkins?

The challenge of brain tumor surgery is removing as much of the tumor as possible without severely damaging normal brain tissue, which demands skill and experience, as well as advanced technology and a well-orchestrated team.

Neurosurgeons at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center perform surgery on hundreds of patients with brain tumors every year. They use the latest and most advanced imaging and surgical techniques to precisely plan and perform surgery using the least invasive approach possible.

The Comprehensive Brain Tumor team also works closely with neuroanesthesiologists (doctors who specialize in using pain-blocking techniques or medications during neurosurgery) ensuring that each patient receives the most appropriate type of anesthesia for the specific brain tumor and optimal anesthesia care during the procedure.

Discover the different types of surgery for brain tumors.

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