What is endoscopic assisted surgery?
During endoscopic surgery, your surgeon will use special instruments to view the inside of your body, and will perform a procedure through small incisions. Typically, your surgeon will make a small incision, and insert a tool called an endoscope -- a tiny tube with a camera attached. Images will then be displayed on a monitor for the surgeon to see, from which he can see the relevant area and perform the surgery.
What is an endoscopic third ventriculostomy?
An endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is a procedure that is performed to treat hydrocephalus, a condition which occurs when there is too much fluid in the brain. The condition is caused if there is a blockage that prevents fluid from flowing normally, if the blood vessels are unable to absorb the fluid or if the brain produces too much fluid.
The procedure involves creating a hole in the floor of the third ventricle. The hole is made with the use of an endoscope, which allows the fluid to drain from the brain into an area where it can be absorbed more easily. It is important to treat hydrocephalus, as it can cause serious brain damage.