East Texas Doctor First To Remove Brain Tumor Through Less Invasive Procedure

Published: Oct. 9, 2007 at 8:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2007 at 1:44 PM CDT
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An East Texas brain tumor patient is recovering from the operation.

It's called endoscopic transphenoidal hypophysectomy, where .... In laymen's terms tumor was removed through the nasal cavity.

A neurosurgeon from Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler is the first and only doctor in the region who can perform the operation.

"It was purely endoscopic. We did not have to remove any bone or tissue within the nerves of the mouth. So we're able to prevent an invasive approach," says Sabatino Bianco, MD.  The Neuroscience Institute Director for Trinity Mother Frances Health System performed the surgery.

Advantages of this kind of surgery: most patients are released within one or two days and facial swelling and pain are eliminated or reduced.

Christine Nelson, Reporting  cnelson@kltv.com