Buffalo, NY (Vocus) June 22, 2010
On July 30 and 31, Buffalo will play host to the 4th Annual Brain Endoscopy Course--a CME accredited program co-sponsored by University at Buffalo Neurosurgery and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The course is intended for neurosurgical residents, fellows, and attending neurosurgeons interested in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to brain pathology.
Endoscopes are the vehicle of minimally invasive procedures, and their appropriate usage in neurosurgery can do much to reduce patient discomfort, recovery time, hospital stays, and overall health care costs. University at Buffalo Neurosurgery is one of a limited number of neurosurgery programs in North America qualified to provide advanced neuro-endoscopic training.
Over two days of lectures and cadaver lab sessions, course participants will become familiar with intracranial and transnasal endoscopic equipment and will accrue the knowledge and technical skill set to perform the endoscopic procedures in their own practices.
An endoscope is a device that allows a neurosurgeon to operate through a small opening. The typical endoscope used in neurosurgery features a lens and camera for visualization, a light source for illumination, and one or more channels through which instruments can be directed for surgical manipulation. Most of the current applications of endoscopy in neurosurgery are directed at hydrocephalus, but endoscopic treatments can also be applied to pituitary tumors and lesions associated with the brain's fluid chambers (ventricles). The endoscope is most helpful when used to open a membrane, to place a catheter at a precise location, or to biopsy lesions. This method of surgery is particularly appealing to patients, as incisions are small and cosmetic, and tissue disruption is drastically minimized as compared to conventional, open surgical procedures. As a result, post-operative pain and recovery time are significantly decreased.
The 4th Annual Brain Endoscopy Course will be held at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, part of the Kaleida Health System, and will be taught by an esteemed faculty, including three distinguished members of University at Buffalo Neurosurgery: Walter Grand, MD, Jody Leonardo, MD, and Dr. Veetai Li. In addition, the course will host three guest faculty members:
J.A. Grotenhuis, MD, PhD
Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center, Nigmegen, The Netherlands
Alan Cohen, MD
Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Martin Bettag, MD, PhD
Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital of Barmherzige Bruder Trier, Trier, Germany
The course, scheduled for July 30 and 31, 2010, will be attend by neurosurgeons from from the University of Montreal, University of Ottawa, Vanderbilt University, Dalhousie University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Cleveland Clinic, Albany Medical Center, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
University at Buffalo Neurosurgery (UBNS) is an academic neurosurgical group and leading regional referral center for cerebrovascular disorders run by a distinguished team of neurosurgical specialists and subspecialists committed to superior patient care, resident education, and translational research. UBNS diagnoses and treats a wide range of neurological conditions, including but not limited to aneurysms; stroke; back and neck pain; epilepsy; Parkinson’s disease; hydrocephalus; and tumors of the brain, spine, and skull base. It is also the only neurosurgical group in Western New York with FDA approval to conduct device-related clinical trials for acute stroke.
Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital is home to the Kaleida Health Stroke Care Center, Western New York’s first New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) designated stroke center and the first stroke center to receive the Gold Seal of Approval and Certification for Acute Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Over 2,000 neurological procedures and patients are treated through the Stroke Care Center each year.