An endoscope is a tiny fiber optic device with powerful lenses, a light source and a digital video camera. Neurosurgeons at Harper often use endoscopes to perform minimally invasive exams and surgical procedures. Since no incisions are needed, patients experience virtually no pain and often return home after a short hospital stay.
Endoscopes are often used during cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerve surgery. The endoscope can be used alone or in conjunction with more traditional techniques. During more traditional open procedures, Harper neurosurgeons use endoscopes to examine confined areas. This improves outcomes and limits complications.
Other neurosurgical uses of endoscopes include: