Brain Tumors, Other Brain Disorders, and Brain Surgery


Brain Tumors & Other Brain Disorders

Brain surgery may be necessary for the treatment of some brain related conditions. In some cases a conservative approach is more appropriate. Brain surgery is a complicated and delicate procedure. A successful outcome depends somewhat upon the initial problem, but also upon the skill and experience of the surgeon.

Brain conditions treated by Dr. Pannu:

Brain tumors Treatment depends on the type of brain lesion. The goals of treatment may be to provide a cure, relieve symptoms, or improve the quality or length of life. Common approaches for treating brain lesions include the following: "Wait and see;" if the lesion is not causing problems and is not growing, you may only need periodic checkups. Surgical removal of the lesion. Different surgical techniques may make it possible to remove lesions.

Subarachnoid & intracranial hemorrhage Intracranial bleeding occurs when a blood vessel within the skull is ruptured or leaks. It can result from physical trauma or non-traumatic cause such as a ruptured aneurysm. Treatment for bleeding in the brain depends on the location, cause, and extent of the hemorrhage. Surgery may be needed to alleviate swelling and prevent bleeding. Certain medications may also be prescribed.

Chiari malformation Chiari malformations are structural defects in the cerebellum. That's the part of the brain that controls balance. If Chiari malformations cause no symptoms and do not interfere with activities of daily living, no treatment is necessary. In other cases, medications can be used to manage symptoms such as pain. Surgery is the only treatment that can correct functional defects or stop progression of damage to the central nervous system.

Hydrocephalus The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This fluid is produced and stored in cavities in the brain called ventricles. It circulates around the brain, moving from ventricle to ventricle. The purposes of the fluid are to cushion and protect the brain and spinal cord and to remove some of their waste products. Any excess fluid drains away from the brain and is absorbed by veins at the top of the brain. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is too much CSF in the ventricles. This occurs when the natural system for draining and absorbing extra CSF does not work right. A shunt operation is not a cure. It can, however, relieve the symptoms. A shunt is a thin tube that is implanted in the brain. It is inserted into the ventricles to drain excess CSF away from the brain. The tube is routed under the skim from the head to another part of the body, usually the peritoneum (the lower belly). The shunt is equipped with a valve that opens to release fluid when the pressure builds up. The fluid drains harmlessly and is later absorbed by the bloodstream.

If you or a loved one suffers from a brain related ailment, call Dr. Pannu today at (414) 488-1802 With three offices to serve you in Greenfield, Kenosha, and Racine, Wisconsin, he is easily accessible.