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  • “Keyhole Surgery” at the University

    A special neuro-endoscopic procedure was presented to an international workshop on Wednesday by László Bognár, the Director of the Department of Neurosurgery.
    Neurosurgeons from Australia, Brazil, and even from the Republic of South Africa were present at the special theoretical and practical training course during which microscopic neurosurgery procedures assisted by endoscopy were conducted at the Neurosurgery Clinic of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen. Professor László Bognár is instrumental in implementing the continuous development of neuro-endoscopic procedures and the instruction of the new techniques as a member of an international research team called Endomin College.
    “During the course of modern neurosurgery procedures, the most important aspect is to make sure that we achieve the best possible result in a highly safe environment while stressing the patients to the least possible extent. How the patients recover after brain surgery and what quality of life they may be able to lead afterwards depends on the development of the currently existing equipment and the related medical techniques,” said László Bognár.
    “Keyhole Surgery” at the University 
    “The technique of neuro-endoscopy presents a special procedure during the course of which a minor incision is made on the skull and the area to be operated on is explored with the help of an endoscopic camera. In what is sometimes called “keyhole surgery,” one of the leading clinics in Europe is located in Debrecen,” added Robert Reisch, a neurosurgeon who arrived at the workshop from Switzerland.
    A part of the neuro-endoscopic technique is a three-dimensional endoscope under development, which makes it possible for neurosurgeons to observe the area of operation in a spatial view. This is used primarily in cases of such extremely serious disorders as, for example, expansions of the cerebral ventricles or skull base tumors, but non-cancerous pituitary tumors and aorta aneurysms of the pituitary gland can also be operated on with this method. Every operation is prepared tailored to the individual patient, and careful planning also plays an important part in the process.
    Professor Bognár noted that this technique would undergo a very high speed development, as a result of which brain tumors that could not be operated before would be possible to remove in the near future.
    At the Clinic of Neurosurgery of the University of Debrecen, special operations were conducted on Wednesday in two operating theaters simultaneously, which could be followed by other experts through videoconferencing. As a continuation of the workshop, participants of a training course held on Thursday in London would be able to monitor a procedure taking place in Debrecen, which would be broadcast online.
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