Last year, a team of highly-skilled surgeons at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Neurosciences Institute performed Qatar’s first endoscopic brain surgery to remove a high-grade tumour located deep in the centre of a patient’s brain, and today the patient continues to be cancer-free.
The patient, a 72-year-old Qatari female, was experiencing severe deterioration on arrival at the hospital and losing consciousness. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of her brain showed the presence of a tumour in a difficult location of the brain; positioned deeper and more central than is usually seen.
With the patient’s consent, Dr. Siraj Belkhair, Acting Head of the Neurosurgery Department at Hamad General Hospital, and his team decided to perform an endoscopic brain surgery procedure with a small wound incision less than three centimetres, as the general condition of the patient would not tolerate major brain surgery.
The team was able to remove the tumour surgically by using an endoscope and neuro-navigation system that could precisely locate the tumour in the brain — the technique was done through MRI brain images. The results of the surgery exceeded all expectations and the recovery process, which included chemotherapy treatment at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), was without complication.
One year after the surgery, the cancer has completely disappeared and the patient is currently in good health and enjoying her life with her family and loved ones.
“Endoscopic brain surgery is a procedure used primarily to treat brain tumours. It is considered a minimally invasive brain surgery that allows neurosurgeons to identify and treat conditions that are deep within the brain. This type of surgery allows us to treat brain tumours less invasively than traditional open brain surgery, while still affording the ability to get an in-depth view of the brain,” said Dr. Belkhair.
The technique used in this unique surgery was done in Hamad General Hospital by an expert neurosurgery team. The neurosurgeons used the images transmitted by the intraoperative neuro-navigation system as a guide for removing the tumor and creating a passage within the brain tissue to prevent the accumulation of brain fluid.
Dr. Ahmed Own, Head of the Neuroscience Institute at HMC, said, “The success of this procedure highlights the team’s commitment to providing a high-quality service with a great focus on the health and wellbeing of the patient, and also underlines HMC’s ongoing journey to combat all types of cancers.”