A brain tumor, known as an intracranial tumor, is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells. More than 150 different brain tumors have been documented, but the two main groups of brain tumors are termed primary and metastatic.
It is generally accepted that complete or nearly complete surgical removal of a brain tumor is beneficial for a patient. Our goal is to remove as much tumor as possible, without injuring brain tissue important to the patient’s neurological function (such as the ability to speak, walk, etc.).
The CyberKnife System is a non-invasive treatment for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and other conditions where radiation therapy is indicated. It is used to treat conditions throughout the body, including the brain, spine, head and neck, and can be an alternative to surgery or for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors. CyberKnife treatments are typically performed in 1 to 5 sessions. The CyberKnife System has more than two decades of clinical proof and has helped thousands of cancer patients.
Complex spine Surgery include procedures which are more difficult than simple discectomy, laminectomy or 1 or 2-level spinal fusion. The conditions for which complex spine surgery may be a solution include degenerative scoliosis (curvature of the spine which comes on during the aging process), cases of malignant spine tumors, cases of severe spinal trauma, or cases in which there is significant misalignment of the spinal vertebrae, such as in Spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is found when one of the spine vertebra slips forward significantly on the one below it.
Anterior and posterior, cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral instrumented spinal fusion operations are examples of complex spine surgery that our physicians perform on a regular basis.
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a type of surgery on the bones of your spine (backbone). This type of surgery uses smaller incisions than standard surgery. This often causes less harm to nearby muscles and other tissues. It can lead to less pain and faster recovery after surgery.
Dr. Massoudi will only advise spine surgery if you have a type of problem that surgery may help. This includes conditions such as: