Technology for child neurosurgery

Project: Equipping the Neurosurgery Department at the Marie Curie Children’s Emergency Clinical Hospital
Partner: Asociația Inima Copiilor
Beneficiaries: Children hospitalized with the neurosurgery department of the Marie Curie Hospital
Location: Bucharest
Year of Launch: 2015
Budget: 1,097,459 lei

Purpose of the project:

Increasing the precision of surgical procedures in children

Problem:

The neurosurgery department of the Marie Curie Children’s Hospital is most likely the best of its kind in Romania. The department is currently equipped with a high-tech surgery room and a high-performance neurosurgery microscope. However, to improve the quality of the medical treatment and the patient’s treatment conditions, one of the most advanced neuro-navigation technologies is required to be deployed, which is capable to decrease the dimensions of the surgical incisions , shorten the operating time and avoid injury to motor nerves during surgery.

Solution:

Purchase of modern equipment: neuronavigation system (displays on a monitor 3D images of cranio-cerebral structures); electrophysiology monitoring system (warns the surgeon when he touches healthy nerve structures); endoscopy column (for the treatment of children suffering from hydrocephalus)

Results:

– Shorter surgery time
– Lower incidence of postoperative neuromotor sequelae
– High precision in locating a tumour = precision below 1 mm
– 83 children benefiting from the program:
– 32 – neuronavigation systems
– 12 – electrophysiology systems
– 39 – Endoscope systems

See also:

Surgical intervention with neuronavigation system, a medical breakthrough at the Marie Curie Hospital