Brain tumour removal

Primary or Secondary Tumours

Surgery to remove a brain tumour

About removing a brain tumour

There are different types of brain tumours, which vary in degrees of complexity. If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, there are a number of options to reduce or remove the tumour. Your consultant will discuss in detail what options are available with regard to your diagnosis. Here we give a general guide to the surgical removal of a brain tumour. 

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery to remove a brain tumour? icon plus

    Your surgeon will explain what you can expect in advance of your operation. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, and your consultant will make an incision in the scalp, before cutting a window in the skull to gain access to the tumour.

    Generally these operations are performed using a microscope, sometimes using computer guidance and often specialist instruments to break up the tumour and remove it gradually, reducing damage to the surrounding brain.

    In some situations the surgeon may perform keyhole surgery (neuroendoscopy) using a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light on the end (an endoscope). The surgeon will use the endoscope to cut away and remove the tumour. Neuroendoscopy is done through a small opening rather than having to remove a larger piece of the skull. Your surgeon can discuss with you if this is suitable in your situation.

     
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your neurosurgeon will explain your brain tumour removal to you and answer any questions you might have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery.

    You may also be asked to attend a nurse-led pre-assessment clinic. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    After your procedure you'll be transferred to our recovery ward, where you’ll be looked after by a specialist team. Your neurosurgeon will explain your recovery time to you and when you can expect to get back to your usual routine.

    If you have had surgery to the front or side of the head, your face and eyes may be swollen and bruised after the operation, but the swelling should start to go down within 72 hours.

Our neurosurgeons

HCA UK has a comprehensive network of neuroscience specialists with experience in complex conditions of the brain and spine.

Our neurosurgeons work with neurologist and neurophysiologists in a multi disciplinary environment and are supported by nurses and physiotherapists with experience in neurological conditions.  

Our locations

From complex neurosurgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional neurological care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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