INI’s board-certified brain surgeons in southern CA perform a wide variety of traditional and innovative brain procedures, treating conditions ranging from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to brain tumors. We understand the extensive impact these conditions can have on your quality of life—and we’ll work with you to develop the best treatment plan for your unique circumstances. To learn more, read about some of our most common procedures below.
Craniotomy: Brain Tumor
Our neurosurgery group performs craniotomies for a variety of malignant and benign brain tumors. In selected cases we may perform stereotactic needle biopsies of selected tumors.
Endovascular coiling is a procedure performed to block blood flow into an aneurysm (a dilated blood vessel). A common type of aneurysm that is treated by endovascular coiling is a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. A ruptured cerebral aneurysm is a ballooning of an artery around the brain that bleeds and causes severe headache, nausea, vomiting and occasional coma or even death.
Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting is a surgical procedure that relieves pressure on the brain caused by fluid accumulation. Ventricles (fluid spaces) within the brain cavity can enlarge from various conditions. This is called hydrocephalus, which is also known as water on the brain.
Craniotomy: Subdural Hematoma
Craniotomies are also performed to treat subdural hematomas. A subdural hematoma is a new or old blood clot on the surface of the brain. For a new blood clot, a craniotomy is performed. In the case of an old (chronic) subdural hematoma, burr holes can be performed.