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Microsurgery for the Brain

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At UPMC, we are committed to finding the best treatment approach for you, maximizing the benefits of surgery while minimizing the risks.

We are among the most experienced, largest, and busiest centers in the world for performing an array of neurological microsurgery treatments.

Microsurgery Treatments

We offer microsurgical treatments that include:

  • Aneurysm clipping — Making a small opening in the skull and placing a small metal clip on the aneurysm’s neck to stop its blood supply.
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) resection — Cutting off the blood supply to the AVM and delicately removing it from the surrounding tissue.
  • Awake craniotomy — To and monitor critical brain functions, such as speech and movement, to safely remove tumors during traditional neurological surgery.
  • Brain and skull base tumor resection — Removing a tumor through traditional, microsurgical methods when minimally invasive procedures are not an option.
  • Carotid endarterectomy — Making a small incision in the neck and removing plaque blocking the carotid artery.
  • Chiari malformation treatment — Decompression and other comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment options.

Aneurysms
Dr. Robert M. Friedlander discusses treatment options for unruptured aneurysms at UPMC.


Arteriovenous Malformations: Management and Treatment
UPMC offers three treatment options for AVMs, giving patients the best chance for a cure.