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The World of Neurosurgery: Some Misconceptions and Recent Developments
Friday, January 5, 2018

“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain, will also be a mystery”

- Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Neurosurgery is one of the most complex fields in medicine because of the intricacies that it has to deal with. Brain tumors, cancer and hemorrhages are some of the ailments that fail under the domain of neurosurgery and the statistics for these ailments are staggering. There are almost 700,000 people in the US alone that have a brain or central nervous system tumor and another 78,000 are expected to be diagnosed this year. There are a variety of causes of tumors and hemorrhages that can range from physical injury to genetics or stress, etc.

This post highlights some common misconceptions that people hold about the field of neurosurgery and some of the recent fascinating developments that have taken place in it.

a. The misconceptions

There are many things that people are confused about or even don’t know about related to this field. Some of these include:

i. Neurosurgery concerns more than just the brain

Neurosurgery deals with the brain and the spinal cord. This is because both these organs are connected through the stem of the brain and numerous nerves that send and receive signals for different sensations. Head and backaches as well as all other related acute and chronic conditions therefore, are treated by neurosurgeons.

ii. Minimally invasive procedures are yielding results

When the brain is in question, it is believed that surgery is the only definitive answer to all problems involving it because the diseases that occur in the head are only so severe that they have to be operated upon. However, latest imaging techniques and precision tools mean neurosurgeons are now obtaining results through techniques and procedures that require minute incisions and not huge cuts that spread across the head.

b. Recent developments

i. Videomicroscopes

Operation theaters can now don the look of cinema houses with the introduction of videomicroscopes. These little state of the art and highly maneuverable devices can go where the surgeon is going and display Extensively high quality images that allow other doctors and staff to be able to observe the delicate meshwork of veins inside the brain and spinal work more closely and accurately.

ii. International Symposium of Neurology and Neurosurgery is happening in Dubai

Organized under the King’s College Hospital, London, the symposium will be held in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai for a period of two years. This year’s event will be held from 26th to 28th February and will be attended by over 700 medical students. Seven of the leading neurosurgeons from UK will conduct three day workshops on the latest techniques and procedures in the field.

With the diversity of this field in mind, the information relevant to the domain is enormous. Researchers are at work every day driving new breakthroughs in procedures and technologies that can be extremely beneficial to the generations of the future.

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