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(Laser Interstitial Therapy for Tumor Ablation)

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is a LITT Procedure?

Laser Interstitial Therapy for Tumor Ablation (LITT) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses lasers to treat brain tumors. The goal of the surgery is to ablate the tumor, which means to destroy it using high-intensity laser energy, while minimizing damage to healthy surrounding tissue. The specifics of the procedure will depend on the size, location, and characteristics of the tumor, as well as the patient's overall health and medical history.

Before the procedure:

Before your LITT procedure, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The LITT procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep and won't feel any pain during the surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will use specialized imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to precisely locate the tumor and guide the laser to the treatment site. The laser will then be used to heat and destroy the tumor, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The procedure typically takes several hours, depending on the size and location of the tumor.

After the procedure:

After your LITT procedure, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room or discharged home, depending on the specifics of your case. You may experience some discomfort or swelling at the treatment site, but this is usually mild and can be managed with medication. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision and manage any pain or discomfort, as well as when you can resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your LITT procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. They are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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