Groundbreaking Brain Surgery

Two surgical specialists, a neurosurgeon and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, at John Hopkins University teamed up and successfully removed a brain tumor through the eyelid of a 65-year-old woman.

This groundbreaking procedure provides a simpler direct route to the front and middle regions of the brain with minimal trauma to the skull. The surgeons entered her brain through the eyelid crease, then removed a small part of the skull above the eyebrow to reach the tumor.

This is in contrast to traditionally shaving the head, removing the top half of the skull, and moving aside sections of the brain. The patient is the 19th person to undergo this procedure.