جراحی مغز و اعصاب
جراحی مغز و اعصاب یک رشتهٔ پزشکی است در رابطه با پیشگیری، تشخیص، درمان و توانبخشی اختلالاتی که بر هر بخش از دستگاه عصبی شامل مغز، نخاع، اعصاب پیرامونی و دستگاه عروق مغزی خارج از جمجمه تأثیر گذار است.
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در این کشور بهطور کلی یک جراح مغز و اعصاب باید چهار سال در دانشگاه، چهار سال در دانشگاه علوم پزشکی، یک سال کارآموزی (*) که معمولاً وابسته به برنامههای دستیاریشان (رزیدنتی) است و پنج تا شش سال دستیاری ویژه را پشت سر بگذارد. ( بیشتر دورههای دستیاری بخشهای علوم پایه و پژوهشهای بالینی دارند. جراحان مغز و اعصاب ممکن است دورههای آموزشی بیشتری را پس از دورهٔ دستیاری یا در برخی موارد یه عنوان یک دستیار ارشد با کمک هزینهٔ آموزشی پیگیری کنند. این دورههای آموزشی عبارتند از: جراحی مغز و اعصاب کودکان، مراقبت آسیب/اعصاب بحرانی، جراحی کارکردی و استریوتاکتیکی، عصب-سرطانشناسی وابسته به جراحی، پرتوجراحی، جراحی رشتههای عصبی (نوروواسکولار)، عصب پرتوشناسی مداخلهای، عصب پیرامونی، جراحی ستون فقرات و جراحی قاعدهٔ جمجمه. جراحان مغز و اعصاب همچنین میتوانند دورههای آموزشی آسیبشناسی عصبی (نوروپاتولوژی) و عصب-چشم پزشکی (نورو-اوفتالمولوژی) را با کمک هزینههای آموزشی بگذرانند.
در بریتانیا دانش آموزان باید ورودی به دانشگاه علوم پزشکی را به دست بیاورند. دریافت مدرک تحصیلی امبیبیاس (کارشناسی پزشکی، کارشناسی جراحی) بسته به مسیر آموزشی دانشجو چهار تا شش سال به درازا میانجامد. سپس تازه پزشکان باید به مدت دو سال دوره آموزشی بنیادین را پشت سر بگذارند. این دوره یک دورهٔ پولی است که در یک بیمارستان طیف گستردهای از تخصصهای پزشکی از جمله جراحی را در بر میگیرد. سپس پزشکان تازهوارد برای ورود به یک دورهٔ عصبشناسی درخواست میکنند. برخلاف سایر رشتههای جراحی، این رشته دورهٔ آموزشی مستقل خود را دارد که حدود هشت سال به طول میانجامد.
روشهای عصب پرتوشناسی در تشخیص و درمان در جراحی مغز و اعصاب استفاده میشوند از جمله تصویربرداری به کمک رایانه یا مقطعنگاری رایانهای، تصویرسازی تشدید مغناطیسی (ام آر آی)، مقطعنگاری با نشر پوزیترون، مغز نگاری مغناطیسی و جراحی استریوتاکتیکی. برخی از روندها در جراحی مغز و اعصاب شامل استفاده از تصویرسازی تشدید مغناطیسی (ام آر آی) و تصویرسازی تشدید مغناطیسی کاربردی در حین عمل است.
ریزجراحی در بسیاری از جنبههای جراحیهای عصبی مورد استفاده قرار میگیرد. هنگام انجام جراحی دهانهپیوست (آناستومسیس) ریزرگها ریزبین (میکروسکوپ) مورد نیاز است. در برش آنوریس ریزنگر مورد نیاز است. در جراحی ستون فقرات با کمترین تهاجم از این فنون و روشها استفاده میشود. روند جراحیهای مانند دیسککتومی، لامینکتومی و کارگذاری دیسک مصنوعی به وجود ریزبین وابسته است.
جراحی درون بینی (آندوسکوپی) با حداقل تهاجم توسط جراحان اعصاب مورد استفاده قرار میگیرد. روشهایی مانند جراحی درون بینی (منظور درون نگری است) اندونازال (درون دماغ) برای درمان تومورهای هیپوفیز، کرانیوفارنژیوما، کوردوما و ترمیم نشت مایع مغزی نخاعی مورد استفاده قرار میگیرد. از درون بینی (آندوسکوپی) بطنی در موارد کیستهای کلویدی و نوروسیسترکوس استفاده میشود. روشهای درون بینی میتواند برای کمک به تخلیهٔ هماتوم و درمان درد عصب سهقلو به کار برده شود. اختلالات جمجمهای صورت و اختلال گردش مایع مغزی نخاعی توسط جراح اعصاب درمان میشود. همچنین بسته به شرایط جراحی پلاستیک و جراحی ناحیهٔ فک و صورت توسط جراح اعصاب انجام میشود. مواردی مانند ناهنجاری آرنولد-کیاری، کرانیوسینوستوس و نخاعگشادگی نیز به دست جراح اعصاب درمان میشود. به این کرانیوپلاستی گفته میشود.
جراحان مغز و اعصاب در پرتوجراحی استریوتاکتیک در کنار پرتو سرطانشناس در درمان تومور و ناهنجاری رگی (ای وی ام) نقش دارند. از روشهای پرتوجراحی مانند چاقوی گاما (گاما نایف)، سایبرنایف و جراحی Novalis Shaped Beam به کار برده میشود.
حالتها و بیماریها دیگری که توسط جراحان مغز و اعصاب درمان میشوند شامل موارد زیر هستند:
Neurosurgery, or neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and cerebrovascular system. Neurosurgery is often colloquially referred to as "brain surgery" though neurosurgeons often operate on the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system as well.
Education and context
In different countries, there are different requirements for an individual to legally practice neurosurgery, and there are varying methods through which they must be educated. In most countries, neurosurgeon training requires a minimum period of seven years after graduating from medical school.
In the United States, a neurosurgeon must generally complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, and seven years of residency (PGY-1-7). Most, but not all, residency programs have some component of basic science or clinical research. Neurosurgeons may pursue additional training in the form of a fellowship, after residency or in some cases, as a senior resident. These fellowships include pediatric neurosurgery, trauma/neurocritical care, functional and stereotactic surgery, surgical neuro-oncology, radiosurgery, neurovascular surgery, skull-base surgery, peripheral nerve and spine surgery. In the U.S., neurosurgery is considered a highly competitive specialty composed of 0.6% of all practicing physicians.
In the United Kingdom, students must gain entry into medical school. MBBS qualification (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) takes four to six years depending on the student's route. The newly qualified physician must then complete foundation training lasting two years; this is a paid training program in a hospital or clinical setting covering a range of medical specialties including surgery. Junior doctors then apply to enter the neurosurgical pathway. Unlike most other surgical specialties, it currently has its own independent training pathway which takes around eight years (ST1-8); before being able to sit for consultant exams with sufficient amounts of experience and practice behind them. Neurosurgery remains consistently amongst the most competitive medical specialties in which to obtain entry.
Neurosurgery, or the premeditated incision into the head for pain relief, has been around for thousands of years, but notable advancements in neurosurgery have only come within the last hundred years.
The Incas appear to have practiced a procedure known as trepanation since the late Stone age. During the Middle Ages in Arabia from 936 to 1013 AD, Al-Zahrawi performed surgical treatments of head injuries, skull fractures, spinal injuries, hydrocephalus, subdural effusions and headache.
Neurosurgery in the Neolithic Age
In 1910, Paul Berger excavated underneath a Bronze age hearth near Halle, Germany, where he unearthed human remains that showed crude surgical openings in the skull. The remains were dated to between 2700 – 2200 BCE. The skull had two trephinations and these operations were performed at different times. Trephinations are crude surgical holes made through either scraping, cutting, or drilling away the layers of bone, and great care is taken to preserve the outermost lining of the brain, the dura mater. Further analysis of the bones concluded that the areas around the holes began to heal, which suggests that this person survived for months to years after the trephinations. Researchers hypothesize that since certain regions contained more skulls with trephinations, this practice may be rooted in superstitious beliefs. Trephinations were conducted “with rudimental anesthetic, antiseptic, and technological aids.”
Neurosurgery in medieval Africa
Trephinations were practiced in Africa as well, and there are accounts written on papyrus that mention performing a trephination on a pharaoh right before his death in order to allow his soul to escape his body. In the Middle Ages, there were a number of prominent African researchers who studied and developed neurosurgical techniques. These practices were taught in surrounding medical schools. The work of Abulkassim Al Zahrawi (936-1013 CE), an Arabic physician, was translated into Latin, Hebrew, and French. His work made its way into European medical schools during the Renaissance period, placing him among the influences of Galen and Hippocrates. Al Zahrawi provided detailed accounts of neurosurgical procedures to correct neuropathological ailments, developed surgical instruments that resemble surgical tools of today, gave accounts for creating aseptic environments using alcohol in wine, and suggested using opium as an anesthetic for patients. For reasons unknown, these exercises fell out of practice in Africa during the fifteenth century, and trephination was the only neurosurgical technique that continued to be performed.
Development in the early 1900s
Looking at the structure of the skull without operating became possible with the advent of X-ray machines in 1896. Surviving records from Dr. Harvey Cushing at Johns Hopkins Hospital revealed greater care being taken in neurosurgery. During this time, surgeons did not wear gloves or masks and operated as quickly as possible. Cushing was critical of this practice and compared these operations to “the way a commercial traveler grabs breakfast at a lunch counter.” He studied how blood vessels in the brain reacted to changes in intracranial pressure by placing glass windows in the skulls of dogs. Using what he learned form these studies, he was able to perform brain tumor resections. Cushing’s efforts to combat sepsis and improve surgical techniques decreased the mortality rates for penetrating skull injuries from 54.4% to 28.8% over the course of a three-month period.
History of electrodes in the brain: In 1878 Richard Canton discovered that electrical signals transmitted through an animal's brain. In 1950 Dr. Jose Delgado invented the first electrode that was implanted in an animal's brain, using it to make it run and change direction. In 1972 the cochlear implant, a neurological prosthetic that allowed deaf people to hear was marketed for commercial use. In 1998 researcher Philip Kennedy implanted the first brain computer interface (BCI) into a human subject.
History of tumor removal: In 1879 after locating it via neurological signs alone, Scottish surgeon William Macewen (1848–1924) performed the first successful brain tumor removal. On November 25, 1884 after English physician Alexander Hughes Bennett (1848–1901) used Macewen's technique to locate it, English surgeon Rickman Godlee (1849–1925) performed the first primary brain tumor removal, which differs from Macewen's operation in that Bennett operated on the exposed brain, whereas Macewen operated outside of the "brain proper" via trepanation. On March 16, 1907 Austrian surgeon Hermann Schloffer became the first to successfully remove a pituitary tumor.
Modern surgical instruments
The main advancements in neurosurgery came about as a result of highly crafted tools. Modern neurosurgical tools, or instruments, include chisels, curettes, dissectors, distractors, elevators, forcepts, hooks, impactors, probes, suction tubes, power tools, and robots. Most of these modern tools, like chisels, elevators, forcepts, hooks, impactors, and probes, have been in medical practice for a relatively long time. The main difference of these tools, pre- and post-advancement in neurosurgery, were the precision with which they were crafted. These tools are crafted with edges that are within a millimeter of desired accuracy. Other tools such as hand-held power saws and robots have only recently been commonly used inside of a neurological operating room.
General neurosurgery involves most neurosurgical conditions including neuro-trauma and other neuro-emergencies such as intracranial hemorrhage. Most level 1 hospitals (in the U.S., a level I hospital, for those hospitals that contain emergency and operating rooms and trauma services, is the most advanced of five levels of care; these must have medical and surgical specialists from the main specialties readily available 24/7 on-site, and are usually large, well-rated, high-research teaching hospitals affiliated with an area medical school) have this kind of practice, at least for adults.
Specialized branches have developed to cater to special and difficult conditions. These specialized branches co-exist with general neurosurgery in more sophisticated hospitals. To practice advanced specialization within neurosurgery, additional higher fellowship training of one to two years is expected from the neurosurgeon. Some of these divisions of neurosurgery are:
Neuropathology is a specialty within the study of pathology focused on the disease of the brain, spinal cord, and neural tissue. This includes the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Tissue analysis comes from either surgical biopsies or post mortem autopsies. Common tissue samples include muscle fibers and nervous tissue. Common applications of neuropathology include studying samples of tissue in patients who have Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, mitochondria disease, and any disorder that has neural deterioration in the brain or spinal cord.
Pathology has been studied ever since men have decided to cut each other open and see what is inside. But only within the last few hundred years has medicine focused on a tissue- and organ-based approach to tissue disease. In 1810, Thomas Hodgkin started to look at the damaged tissue for the cause, not the gods. This was conjoined with the emergence of microscopy and started the current understanding of how the tissue of the human body is studied.
Neuroanesthesia is a field of anesthesiology which focuses on neurosurgery. Anesthesia is not used during the middle of an "awake" brain surgery. Awake brain surgery is where the patient is conscious for the middle of the procedure and sedated for the beginning and end. This procedure is used when the tumor does not have clear boundaries and the surgeon wants to know if they are invading on critical regions of the brain which involve functions like talking, cognition, vision, and hearing. It will also be conducted for procedures which the surgeon is trying to combat epileptic seizures.
Early forms of neuroanesthesia were found during procedures of trepanning in Southern America, like Peru. In these procedures coca leaves and datura plants were used to manage pain as the person had dull primitive tools cut open their skull. In 400 BC The physician Hippocrates made accounts of using different wines to sedate patients while trepanning. In 60 AD Dioscorides, a physician, pharmacologist, and botanist, detailed how mandrake, henbane, opium, and alcohol were used to put patients to sleep during trepanning. In 972 AD two brother surgeons, in modern-day India, used "samohine" to sedate a patient while removing a small tumor and awoke the patient by pouring onion and vinegar in the patients mouth. Since then, multiple cocktails have been derived in order to sedate a patient during a brain surgery. The most recent form of neuroanesthesia is the combination of carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and nitrogen. This was discovered in the 18th century by Sir Humphry Davy and brought into the operating room by Sir Astley Cooper.
Neuroradiology plays a key role not only in diagnosis but also in the operative phase of neurosurgery.
Neuroradiology methods are used in modern neurosurgery diagnosis and treatment. They include computer-assisted imaging computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and stereotactic radiosurgery. Some neurosurgery procedures involve the use of intra-operative MRI and functional MRI.
In conventional open surgery the neurosurgeon opens the skull, creating a large opening to access the brain. Techniques involving smaller openings with the aid of microscopes and endoscopes are now being used as well. Methods that utilize small craniotomies in conjunction with high-clarity microscopic visualization of neural tissue offer excellent results. However, the open methods are still traditionally used in trauma or emergency situations.
Microsurgery is utilized in many aspects of neurological surgery. Microvascular techniques are used in EC-IC bypass surgery and in restoration carotid endarterectomy. The clipping of an aneurysm is performed under microscopic vision. Minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes microscopes or endoscopes. Procedures such as microdiscectomy, laminectomy, and artificial disc replacement rely on microsurgery.
Using stereotaxy neurosurgeons can approach a minute target in the brain through a minimal opening. This is used in functional neurosurgery where electrodes are implanted or gene therapy is instituted with a high level of accuracy as in the case of Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease. Using the combination method of open and stereotactic surgery, intraventricular hemorrhages can potentially be evacuated successfully. Conventional surgery using image guidance technologies is also becoming common and is referred to as surgical navigation, computer-assisted surgery, navigated surgery, and stereotactic navigation. Image-guided surgery systems, like Curve Image Guided Surgery and StealthStation, use cameras or electromagnetic fields to capture and relay the patient’s anatomy, and the surgeon’s precise movements in relation to the patient, to computer monitors in the operating room. These sophisticated computerized systems are used before and during surgery to help orient the surgeon with three-dimensional images of the patient’s anatomy including the tumor.
Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery is commonly utilized by neurosurgeons when appropriate. Techniques such as endoscopic endonasal surgery are used in pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, and the repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Ventricular endoscopy is used in the treatment of intraventricular bleeds, hydrocephalus, colloid cyst and neurocysticercosis. Endonasal endoscopy is at times carried out with neurosurgeons and ENT surgeons working together as a team.
Repair of craniofacial disorders and disturbance of cerebrospinal fluid circulation is done by neurosurgeons who also occasionally team up with maxillofacial and plastic surgeons. Cranioplasty for craniosynostosis is performed by pediatric neurosurgeons with or without plastic surgeons.
Neurosurgeons are involved in stereotactic radiosurgery along with radiation oncologists in tumor and AVM treatment. Radiosurgical methods such as Gamma Knife, Cyberknife and Novalis Radiosurgery are used as well.
A common procedure performed in neurosurgery is the placement of ventriculoperitoneal shunts (commonly referred to as "VP shunts"). In pediatric practice, VP shunts are commonly placed in cases of congenital hydrocephalus. The most common indication for this procedure in adults is normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH).
Neurosurgery of the spine covers the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Some indications for spine surgery include spinal cord compression resulting from trauma, arthritis of the spinal discs, or spondylosis. In cervical cord compression, patients may have difficulty with gait, balance issues, and/or numbness and tingling in the hands or feet. Spondylosis is the condition of spinal disc degeneration and arthritis that may compress the spinal canal. This condition can often result in bone spurring and disc herniation. Power drills and special instruments are often used to correct any compression problems of the spinal canal. Disc herniations of spinal vertebral discs are removed with special rongeurs. This procedure is known as a discectomy. Generally once a disc is removed it is replaced by an implant which will create a bony fusion between vertebral bodies above and below. Instead, a mobile disc could be implanted into the disc space to maintain mobility. This is commonly used in cervical disc surgery. At times instead of disc removal a Laser discectomy could be used to decompress a nerve root. This method is mainly used for lumbar discs. Laminectomy is the removal of the lamina portion of the vertebrae of the spine in order to make room for the compressed nerve tissue.
Radiology-assisted spine surgery uses minimally-invasive procedures. They include the techniques of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, in which certain types of spinal fractures are managed. Potentially unstable spines require spine fusions. At present these procedures include complex instrumentation. Spine fusions maybe performed as open surgery or as minimally invasive surgery. Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion is a common surgery that is performed for disc disease of the cervical spine. However, each method described above may not work in all patients. Therefore, careful selection of patients for each procedure is important. If there is prior permanent neural tissue damage spinal surgery may not take away the symptoms.
Surgery for chronic pain and spasticity is considered often a sub-branch of functional Neurosurgery but can be regarded as a separate specialty in its own right. Some of the common techniques include implantation of deep brain stimulators, spinal cord stimulators, peripheral stimulators and pain/baclofen pumps. Surgical lesioning techniques focused on the spinal cord such as punctate midline myelotomy for intractable cancer pain of the abdomen or pelvis (typically targeted at T8), high-level hemicordotomy (and rarely bilateral cordotomy accepting the potential risk of Ondine’s curse) for intractable upper extremity pain secondary to cancer, dorsal root exit zone (DREZ) rhizotomy for nerve root avulsion pain (for avulsions demonstrating no recovery on emg testing months after the injury), and selective dorsal rhizotomy for spastic diplegia are all rarely performed and considered by neurosurgical pain specialists to be often drastically underutilized given their profound efficacy and patient satisfaction when patients are carefully selected and appropriately counseled on the deficits implied by a particular type of spinal cord lesioning
Surgery of the peripheral nervous system is also possible, and includes the very common procedures of carpal tunnel decompression and peripheral nerve transposition. Numerous other types of nerve entrapment conditions and other problems with the peripheral nervous system are treated as well.
Conditions treated by neurosurgeons include, but are not limited to: