In medicine endoscopy consists of the use of a video camera fitted to a rigid or flexible tubular instrument that enables diagnostic visualisation and the performance of therapeutic surgical manoeuvres inside the internal cavities of the body. These instruments enable accessing these cavities through minimal incisions or using natural bodily orifices. It is one of the most often used techniques in the field of “minimally invasive surgery”.
“Minimally invasive surgery” is the future and more and more the present of Neurosurgery. Endoscopy applied to our specialty enables achieving results that are equivalent, or even better, than classic neurosurgery with large cranial openings, while ensuring minimal damage to vital nervous system tissues, as well as faster and better recovery of the patient.
Endoscopy is used for various pathologies in neurosurgery. Our neurosurgical group has vast experience in various types of applications for endoscopy in neurosurgery. More specifically, endoscopic techniques are applied in four large groups of neurosurgical pathologies:
- Ventricular neuroendoscopy.
- Transnasal endoscopy.
- Endoscopy applied to spinal surgery.
- Endoscopy as an aid for microneurosurgery.
Endoscopy is a surgical technique offering enormous advantages for the patient, both regarding resolution of their pathology as well as preventing the aggressiveness represented by excessive handling of delicate nervous system structures. For this reason, our group is strongly committed to endoscopy for better treatment of our patients.