Managing brain tumors is a complex effort that requires an exceptional team. Our internationally-recognized brain tumor specialists work side-by-side with experienced neuro-oncologists and Barrow Neurological Institute Radiation Oncologists to provide individualized patient care using the most advanced technologies available, including intraoperative stimulation mapping. Continue reading below to learn about more this groundbreaking procedure.
-Dr. Nader Sanai, Barrow Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Intraoperative stimulation mapping is a surgical technique that enables Barrow Brain & Spine’s brain tumor treatment specialists to stimulate parts of the brain during surgery to identify each patient’s individual brain organization and safely avoid critical pathways that, if disrupted, could lead to language dysfunction and/or paralysis. In select cases, patients are comfortably awake for a portion of the procedure in order to participate in language testing.
As one of the five highest-volume intraoperative stimulation mapping programs in the United States, Barrow Brain & Spine conducts nearly 100 mapping cases per year.
Intraoperative stimulation mapping techniques are used during the course of complex brain tumor treatment operations in critical locations. Recovery time varies, but most patients are discharged within 48-72 hours.
Barrow Brain & Spine is proud to provide the comprehensive, world-class care that you deserve. If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor or other neurological condition, contact us today to schedule your consultation and develop a brain tumor treatment plan with one of our globally renowned neurosurgeons. We are proud to offer centers throughout Arizona, including locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Ahwatukee, and Deer Valley.
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