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									A Look into the Future of Brain Surgery
The brain is what makes you, you. Subconsciously, it controls every part of the body, regulating its pulse
and ensuring everything works the way it should.

Without it, you wouldn’t live. It helps you
breath, think, digest, attack diseases, and move.

It is the most valuable organ in your body. It
also just happens to be an extremely delicate

Simply losing blood flow for a few seconds
could blind you. Too hard of a bump could
throw you into a 20-year coma.

A nick in the wrong place with a surgeon’s knife
can change someone’s life forever. Considering its importance and the delicate nature of its existence,
doctors have a tough time working with it.

Brain surgery is an extremely delicate procedure that is difficult, because it’s invasive. Not only does the
skull have to be opened, but doctors have to cut out bad tissue while carefully avoid every millimeter of
healthy tissue.

The process usually takes hours and is extremely tiring. If any part of the surgery goes wrong, it can
leave a person alive, but never quite the same.

Innovation in the Industry

Any innovation to lessen the time and invasiveness of the surgery while increasing precision is therefore
industry changing. That’s why what the University of Miami did this past February can be seen as a look
                                                     into the future of brain surgery.

                                                       The future looks bright at this college. Thomas
                                                       Jambeck was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in

                                                       Over the past two years, treatments did nothing as
                                                       the tumor grew the size of a half-dollar. He was
                                                       subsequently sent to the care of Ricardo Komatar,
                                                       M.D. to perform a laser tumor ablation.

                                                       Ricardo made a small incision and inserted a 3-
                                                       millimeter laser probe into Jambeck’s brain.
                                                       Komatar used MRI technology to guide the probe
to the tumor.

Once there, the doctor was able to make incredibly precise cuts with radio-frequency energy. Within a
few minutes, Komatar removed the tumor without hurting healthy brain tissue.

The procedure took under an hour. Jambeck was then kept for an evening to ensure he was stable and
then was discharged without any problems.

Encouraging Results

He said he noticed an immediate improvement in his balance, which was previously severely impaired
by the tumor. He was fine to walk around a store on his way home from the hospital.

This new technology can prove revolutionary
for brain surgeries everywhere. A machine has
the ability to perform the precise movements
that human hands can mess up.

In an industry where the slip of the hand could
have permanent consequences on the
patient’s livelihood, advances like these are
truly revolutionary. Dr. Komatar was able to
give the world a look into the future of brain
surgery here.

The University of Miami receives grants every year from parties that are aware of this kind of
revolutionary work. They can always use more awareness to continue to make industry changing

Support this university by word of mouth and University of Miami apparel. Although University of Miami
apparel might not scream “help change the world,” it can be a conversation starter to get them to that

Photo Credit: EUSKALANATO, ReSurge International, Wally Gobetz

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