May 24, 2019

Dr. Michael Removes Brain Tumor Through Minimally Invasive Technique

Michael Beckman underwent brain surgery in November of 2018 to have a benign tumor removed from his pituitary gland. The tumor was discovered by Beckman's primary care doctor when he went in for dizziness. Beckman was then referred to Dr. Madison Michael and ENT Dr. Sanjeet Rangarajan to start plans of getting the tumor removed.

With the location and size of Bekman's tumor, Dr. Michael knew he was a great candidate for the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA), a modern surgical technique used to remove brain tumors through the nose. This technique is minimally invasive where, traditionally, brain tumors are removed through an incision on the scalp or forehead and leads to a longer recovery.

The EEA technique is now the standard of care here at Semmes Murphey and Methodist University Hospital, where Beckman's surgery took place. The surgery lasted about five hours and Michael Beckman was able to return to home the next day. He was extremely grateful to be able to go home so quickly.

“The evolution of this technique has all been dependent on a multidisciplinary approach. Working together with an ENT makes this extremely safe and extremely effective.” - Dr. Madison Michael

When the EEA procedure was new, cerebral spinal fluid leaks were not uncommon, causing headaches and affecting sense of smell, vision and hearing for patients. Since Rangarajan and Michael began working together over the past year, their leak rate is 0%.

This is a summary taken from the Daily Memphian. Read the full article here!