Stereotactic Laser Ablation
Stereotactic laser thermoablation is a minimally invasive technology that uses energy in the form of light to heat and destroy tumors or damaged tissue in the brain.
In this procedure, a frame is placed around the head and a probe is inserted into a small incision in the scalp. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to guide the placement of the laser, which automatically shuts off if it approaches surrounding healthy tissue.
- Brain tumors, including hypothalamic hamartoma
- Seizures resulting from a hypothalamic hamartoma or other lesions in the brain
You may be a good candidate for stereotactic laser thermoablation if you have been diagnosed with a hypothalamic hamartoma or some kind of tumor or lesion in the brain. This procedure may not be a good option if your tumor is large or the cause of your symptoms is difficult to identify.
- Date of last review: April 19, 2017