Neurosurgical procedure

The act of performing surgery may be called a surgical procedure, operation, or simply surgery.

In response to a variety of drivers, surgical curricula are moving away from immersion learning, and the traditional time‐served apprenticeship approach is being replaced by more formal, structured, competency‐assessed programs. Work schedules are being regulated in many countries by legislation directed at health and safety considerations for both doctors and patients. The consequent reduction in attendance in the operating theatre produces a concomitant reduction in exposure to clinical situations and in the requisite number of operative procedures 1).

Acute Subdural Hematoma Surgical Technique



Burr hole trephination.



Chronic Subdural Hematoma Surgical Technique.

Decompressive craniectomy.

Deep Brain stimulation.

Epilepsy surgery.

External ventricular drainage.

Intracranial Epidural Hematoma Surgical Technique.



Peripheral nerve field stimulation.


Selective nerve root block.

Temporal craniotomy.

Thermoablative procedure.


see Approaches.

see Endovascular techniques.

see Approaches

see Intracranial procedures

see Spinal surgery

see Minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Neurosurgical procedures are associated with unintentional damage to the brain during surgery, known as surgically induced brain injuries (SBI), which have been implicated in orchestrating structural and neurobehavioral deterioration.

Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques

Schmidek and Sweet Operative Neurosurgical Techniques

Time-critical neurosurgical conditions require urgent operative treatment to prevent death or neurological deficits. In New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory patients' distance from neurosurgical care is often great, presenting a challenge in achieving timely care for patients with acute neurosurgical conditions.

A protocol was developed to facilitate consultant neurosurgery locally. Children with acute, time-critical neurosurgical emergencies underwent operations in hospitals that do not normally offer neurosurgery. The authors describe the developed protocol, the outcome of its use, and the lessons learned in the 9 initial cases where the protocol has been used. Three cases are discussed in detail.

Nine children were treated by a neurosurgeon at 5 rural hospitals, and 2 children were treated at a smaller metropolitan hospital. Road ambulance, fixed wing aircraft, and medical helicopters were used to transport the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) team, neurosurgeon, and patients. In each case, the time to definitive neurosurgical intervention was significantly reduced. The median interval from triage at the initial hospital to surgical start time was 3:55 hours, (interquartile range [IQR] 03:29-05:20 hours). The median distance traveled to reach a patient was 232 km (range 23-637 km). The median interval from the initial NETS call requesting patient retrieval to surgical start time was 3:15 hours (IQR 00:47-03:37 hours). The estimated median “time saved” was approximately 3:00 hours (IQR 1:44-3:15 hours) compared with the travel time to retrieve the child to the tertiary center: 8:31 hours (IQR 6:56-10:08 hours).

Remote urgent neurosurgical interventions can be performed safely and effectively. This practice is relevant to countries where distance limits urgent access for patients to tertiary pediatric care. This practice is lifesaving for some children with head injuries and other acute neurosurgical conditions 2).

Poulose BK, Ray WA, Arbogast PG, Needleman J, Buerhaus PI, Griffin MR, Abumrad NN, Beauchamp RD, Holzman MD. Resident work hour limits and patient safety. Ann Surg. 2005 Jun;241(6):847-56; discussion 856-60. doi: 10.1097/01.sla.0000164075.18748.38. PMID: 15912034; PMCID: PMC1357165.
Owler BK, Carmo KA, Bladwell W, Fa'asalele TA, Roxburgh J, Kendrick T, Berry A. Mobile pediatric neurosurgery: rapid response neurosurgery for remote or urgent pediatric patients. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Sep;16(3):340-5. doi: 10.3171/2015.2.PEDS14310. Epub 2015 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 26090548.
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