Jewish Hospital, Louisville, part of KentuckyOne Health, has added image-guided laser technology to help treat patients with brain tumors and lesions. In the past, some tumors were considered too difficult to reach. However, minimally invasive lasers now enable neurosurgeons to remove tumors and lesions that would traditionally be considered inoperable.
Laser therapy can be precisely controlled to kill abnormal tissue while doing as little harm as possible to surrounding healthy tissue. It can also be used with patients who have lesions in areas of the brain that are difficult to access by traditional open surgery without harming essential functions like speech, vision and muscle control.
The new system at Jewish Hospital is a robotic laser technology that uses real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to precisely guide a laser probe. The laser applies heat to the growth, in controlled amounts, until the diseased tissue is destroyed. Rather than making a large opening in the skull, the laser technology requires just a small hole, about the diameter of a pencil. The procedure generally involves less pain, discomfort and scarring than traditional surgery, and allows patients to go home and resume normal activity sooner.
The new technology was made possible at Jewish Hospital by donations to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.