Summer/Fall 2009 Issue
|Defusing A Ticking Time Bomb
Endoscopic Brain Surgery Saved This Young Woman’s Life
As Sandra’s symptoms continued, she contacted her primary care provider. Tests were scheduled for July 7, but by July 5, her symptoms had worsened significantly and she went to the emergency room at Carolinas Medical Center Northeast in Concord. A CAT scan revealed the colloid cyst. Sandra was admitted to the hospital and introduced to neurosurgeon Vinay Deshmukh, M.D., of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. He and neurosurgeon Martin Henegar, M.D., immediately performed surgery to remove the cyst and relieve the
accumulation of fluid around her brain.
“The surgery was performed endoscopically through an incision less than an inch in size,” said Dr. Deshmukh.
She returned to work about a month after her surgery. Sandra now has follow-up visits to make sure the cyst has not returned. Each day she touches the incision point on the top of her head. “You can’t tell it’s there,” she said, “but it reminds me how lucky I am to be alive.”
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