Robotic-assisted brain tumour surgery

Surgery to biopsy brain tumours using robotic technology

If you experience a brain tumour, our HCA UK neurosurgeons can treat you with robotic-assisted surgery


Robotic-assisted surgery to biopsy brain tumours is an alternative to standard, but still highly-specialised, stereotactic brain biopsy techniques.

The robotic platform has been designed to remove the ‘tremor’ of the human hand and to perform minimally invasive biopsies of tumours in sensitive parts of the brain.

Across our facilities we have access to a variety of robotic systems including the Stealth Autoguide® cranial robotic guidance platform, neuronavigation and the ZEISS KINOVO microscope.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    Your surgeon, assisted by specialist nurses and an operating room team, will carry out the surgery using a robotic platform with arms. As well as holding a camera and surgical instruments, the robot will carry out the surgeon’s command, as high-definition 3D images of the surgical site are viewed on a screen. 

    The robot gives our surgeons greater flexibility and freedom of movement, even when carrying out the most complex, delicate procedures. The surgery is minimally invasive,which means it involves making small cuts in the skin. This means that you should experience: 

    • minimal scarring
    • decreased blood loss
    • less pain
    • faster recovery time
    • shorter stay in hospital
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Robotic assisted brain tumour surgery is generally a safe procedure, however, as with any surgery or treatment, there may be some risks and side effects involved.

    Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have.

    The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. We will let you know in advance how long to avoid eating and drinking before surgery.
  • After surgery icon plus

    After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery unit, where our dedicated team will look after you. You’ll be given pain relief medication if needed.

    Your consultant or nurse specialist will let you know when you can leave the hospital and will also advise you on how to best manage your ongoing treatment and pain relief.

    You will be invited for follow up appointments to monitor the healing process.

Our neurosurgeons

We're proud to work with leading neurosurgery consultants, across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

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

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants in neurology or neurosurgery

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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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