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Neurosciences

NeuroBlate Laser Therapy

We also use NeuroBlate® laser therapy with patients who have lesions in areas of the brain that are difficult to access by traditional open surgery without harming essential functions like speech, vision and muscle control.  This type of laser therapy can be precisely controlled to kill abnormal tissue while doing as little harm as possible to surrounding healthy tissue.

The NeuroBlate® System from Monteris Medical® is a robotic laser technology that uses real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to precisely guide a laser probe. The laser applies heat to the growth, in controlled amounts, until the diseased tissue is destroyed. It can be used on tumors and lesions in many locations in the brain, near the surface or deep inside. Hundreds of patients have undergone the procedure, and it has been shown to be successful in reducing or removing diseased tissue.

The procedure is done while the patient is in an MRI machine so the doctor can see the lesion and surrounding healthy tissue to apply laser energy where it is needed. The temperature of nearby healthy tissue is monitored to help ensure that it is protected as much as possible.

Rather than making a large opening in the skull, the NeuroBlate® laser technology requires just a small hole, about the diameter of a pencil. The procedure is considered minimally invasive surgery, a type of procedure that generally involves less pain, discomfort, and scarring than traditional surgery and allows patients to go home and resume normal activity sooner.

The NeuroBlate® System was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2013 to ablate, necrotize or coagulate soft tissue encountered in the discipline of neurosurgery through the application of laser thermotherapy. NeuroBlate® is in use at more than 40 of the nation's leading healthcare institutions. It was also licensed by Health Canada in September 2014 as the first and only minimally invasive robotic laser thermal therapy tool available in that country. NeuroBlate® is a tool (as opposed to a “treatment”) and is not intended to treat any specific disease. Physicians should use their clinical judgment and experience when deciding whether to use NeuroBlate.

Risk Statement about the NeuroBlate® System  

  • As with any surgical procedure, the NeuroBlate® System involves some risks. The technology is not appropriate for every lesion type and location. For example, it may be difficult to use the technology on certain large or irregularly shaped tumors. Certain placements of the laser probe into the brain, or too much heat applied, may cause bleeding or permanent brain damage.  NeuroBlate News Release
  • Some patients have temporary swelling after the procedure that may cause short-term abnormal brain or nervous system function. Any medical situation, including NeuroBlate, which requires a patient to stay still for long periods can cause dangerous blood clots (deep venous thrombosis).  Talk to your physician about the risks of the procedure.

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