Skull base surgeon Dr. Hrayr Shahinian uses an animation to illustrate how he removes an arachnoid cyst from the brainstem.
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Arachnoid Cyst Surgery Animation Male: The surgery that we did for him is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure that involves making the keyhole opening the dime size opening behind the ear, putting the fiberoptic instrument in and under panoramic vision and high definition excising the cyst and taking it out, off a peeling, get off of the brain stem and some of the cranial nerves, the hearing nerves, the balance nerve and the facial nerve. Dr. Travis Stork: Okay, but that area going behind the ear, precious territory. So this is something that you do fortunately all the time. Male: Several times a week. Male: Which you’ve done this like thousands of times over? Male: More than 3,000 times, yes. Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you much.