A craniotomy is an intricate neurological procedure performed by opening the skull, performing the needed surgery, and closing the skull by securing the bone into its original position. An awake craniotomy, or awake brain surgery, is a minimally invasive surgery where the patient is awake during the procedure. Awake craniotomies require less bone removal and limit the injury done to surrounding brain tissue, significantly reducing the impact on your quality of life.
Expert neurosurgeons at the University of Miami Health System use awake craniotomies to remove complex brain tumors while working to preserve speech and language function. We are one of only a handful of neurosurgeons in the United States who perform awake craniotomies.
What is a Complex Brain Tumor?
A complex brain tumor is an abnormal growth in the brain that is close to critical areas, such as near those areas of that brain that control speech and movement. Removing only the tumor — while preserving precious brain tissue and bodily function — is a complicated procedure that can only be successfully performed by expert neurosurgeons.