Minimally invasive procedures

Doctor Oduntan treats disorders and diseases of the brain, spine and nerves. He skilfully performs a range of cranial and spinal surgeries for both adults and children. Dr Oduntan endeavours to offer minimally invasive surgeries to patients wherever clinically possible.

Minimally invasive procedures mean patients spend less time at the hospital. A local anaesthetic is used during the procedure, which reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. As opposed to open surgery, minimally invasive surgical approaches can minimize trauma to the muscles and soft tissues, resulting in:

  • better cosmetic outcomes from smaller skin incisions
  • reduced blood loss
  • reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain
  • faster recovery
  • less rehabilitation, and
  • lessened reliance on pain medications after surgery.

Minimally invasive procedures use microsurgical techniques such as an operating microscope and/or an endoscope. Typical examples are:

  • Minimally invasive endonasal endoscopic surgery - tumours are removed through the nose and sinuses. It allows access to parts of the brain without making an incision. An endoscope - a telescopic device equipped with lights and a camera - allows Doctor to see where he is working.
  • Endoscopic cranial surgery - small holes are made in the skull. Instruments and a tiny camera are passed through the small holes and used to repair the damage, or remove cysts and tumours from areas in or around the brain.
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery treats conditions such as herniated discs, scoliosis or spinal tumours. A tubular retractor is inserted through a small incision. The retractor gently pushes aside the muscle and soft tissue allowing small tools to be used to work on the spine. A special operating microscope and real-time X-ray imaging are used.
  • Deep brain stimulation - a small hole is made in the skull, and a small electrode is attached to a deep portion of the brain. The electrode is connected to a battery on the chest. Electrical signals are transmitted, that eases the symptoms of disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

As with any procedure, Doctor will discuss the preparation, rehabilitation and risks with his patients.