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Dr. Shabbar Danish explains laser ablation: what it is, conditions it treats, the steps involved and what patients can expect.
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Led by Shabbar Danish, MD, Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, RWJUH now offers a new laser technology that utilizes light energy to destroy tumors within the brain, primary and metastatic on the spine, as well as target the area of the brain that is responsible for causing epileptic seizures.
Laser energy is delivered to the target area using a laser probe that is inserted directly into the target area. As light is delivered through the laser probe temperatures in the target area begin to rise, destroying the unwanted tissue.
The technology is the latest addition to Robert Wood Johnson's growing expertise in the division of neuroscience. Dr. Danish specializes in the latest in stereotactic neurosurgery, which involves targeting small areas in the brain with techniques used to treat everything from Parkinson's disease to brain tumors.
Produced by Visualase, laser technology process has been shown to be highly precise, allowing the physician to destroy only the targeted tissue, leaving healthy surrounding tissues unharmed (+/- 1 mm).
Because these procedures are guided by MRI images, they can be more precise than conventional surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and has been reported in medical journals to be pain free and require a shorter recovery time.
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