Brainstem Glioma refers to all kinds of tumours on the brainstem. Brainstem is that part of the brain which stores all the important functions of the body like swallowing, breathing and heart rate. Gliomas are basically astrocytomas ranging from Grade 1-4. These tumours can be slow growing or can be very aggressive. Because of the critical body functions being controlled by the brainstem, these tumours are extremely difficult to treat. The surgeon has to be highly experienced as any damage to the brainstem while removing the tumour can result in deficit in the patient after the surgery.
The symptoms of brainstem glioma can be abonormlties in eye movement, weakness in one side of the face, numbness or weakness of the hands and legs, body imbalance, headaches and nausea. MRI Scan of the brain is conclusive in the diagnosis of Brainstem Glioma.
For Grade-1 brainstem glioma, surgery to remove the tumour is the best solution. In order to protect the brainstem, a good neurosurgeon will excise most of the tumour but will not try to remove the entire tumour. Intraoperative MRI or the Brain Suite helps in differentiating between the healthy live tissue of the brainstem and the tumour.
For Grade 2-4 brainstem gliomas surgery may not be possible and in such cases radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy may be given to prevent malfunctioning of the brainstem which may affect critical functions of the body. The aggressive brainstem gliomas have a very high chance of recurrence which may happen within months of stopping the chemotherapy. Chemotherapy cannot be continued for a very long time as most of the patients of brainstem glioma are children who in any case cannot tolerate much of chemo cycles.
Max Hospitals at New Delhi and Gurgaon have the most advanced cutting edge technology when it comes to Brain Tumour Surgery. The operation theatres are equipped with very high precision Operating Microscopes from Karl Storz, Germany. The technology deployed at Max Hospital in the field of Neurosurgery makes us the premier centre in the world. India offers huge advantages in terms of cost of treatment, cost of hotels, food and travel.
Brainstem Glioma Surgery in India will cost in the range of USD 6000 - 9000 depending upon the type of tumour, age and general health of the patient. Max Hospital offers all kinds of accomodation for the patients - ward beds, shared rooms and single private rooms. Our team has done more than 15000 brain and spine surgeries with success rate in excess of 98%.
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Dr Arun Saroha is considered as one of the best spinal neurosurgeon in India with a very high success rate. Patients from all over the world come to India to get Spine Surgery done by him.
Dr Arun Saroha is one of the most trusted doctor amongst the Iraqi patients who have been coming to him for the treatment of brain ans apine problems for the last 15 years. Lots of hard work and dedication has gone in the building of this trust.