The neurosurgeons at North Texas Neurosurgical & Spine Center can safely access and remove even hard-to-reach brain tumors, or meningiomas, using specialized surgical techniques, sophisticated monitoring equipment and minimally invasive instruments.

About a third of all primary brain tumors are meningiomas, which occur most frequently in middle-aged women. Often benign, they grow slowly and are typically found near the top and outer curve of the brain or at the base of the skull.

Symptoms depend on the location of the tumor within the brain and commonly include headaches, confusion and weakness in an arm or leg. Seizures, personality changes, and/or visual problems may also occur. Meningiomas can grow large before interfering with the normal functions of the brain, and some never cause any symptoms.

The Importance of Surgery

Because meningiomas frequently have defined borders, complete surgical removal is often the best treatment option, and may include:

  • Embolization to ensure safety during the surgical procedure. In this minimally invasive procedure performed prior to surgery, the tumor’s blood vessels are filled with “glue” to stop the blood supply and promote successful removal.
  • Craniotomy to open the skull, gain full access to the tumor, and remove it completely, including the fibers that attach it to the coverings of the brain and bone. If total removal of the tumor carries significant risk, it may be best to leave some of the tumor in place and observe future growth with regular imaging studies.

Our team will discuss treatment options with you, help you understand your diagnosis and care, and stay with you every step of the way.