Robotically Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Anterior Skull Base

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Joseph Madsen, MD

There are currently many robotic surgery technologies in existence, but none for use in the brain. For many brain surgery procedures, endoscopic surgery techniques have greatly improved patient outcomes. This project takes the concepts of endoscopic surgery and goes even smaller—using devices to enter the brain and treat tumors with minimal invasion. This project asks the question “why is brain surgery so invasive?” and attempts to find a solution through the design and development of robotic surgery techniques to treat brain tumors. Dr. Madsen and his team have several years of experience exploring this very process and will use this project to apply new advances in robotic surgery to the brain.