Amelia believes she can remove Herman's tumor

Neurosurgery is a surgical specialty focused on treating the nervous system including the spinal cord and the brain.

Notable Neurosurgeons[edit | edit source]

Surgical Procedures[edit | edit source]

  • Craniotomy: Cutting through the skin and drilling through and removing part of the skull to gain access to the brain. This is usually the start of most neurosurgery procedures.
  • Laminectomy: The surgical procedure for the removal of one or more vertebral slides.

Notable Cases[edit | edit source]

Grey's Anatomy[edit | edit source]

Season 5[edit | edit source]

  • Removal of Parasitic Cysts (Before and After): Addison brings Archer to Seattle Grace Hospital after he has a seizure which does not resolve itself, therefore being unable to make his own decision. Archer has neurocysticercosis - parasites in his brain. Derek initially believes the surgery to be impossible, even consulting with surgeons at Mayo Clinic and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, though after a pep-talk from Sam, he believes he is able to do so.

Season 6[edit | edit source]

  • Removal of the "perfect tumor" (Give Peace a Chance): Derek Shepherd removed a large and highly vascularized tumor from the spine of Isaac, a lab tech at Seattle Grace Mercy West. The operation took thirty hours and took a physical toll on both Derek and his resident, Jackson Avery.

Season 11[edit | edit source]

  • Removal of Dr. Nicole Herman's inoperable tumor (The Distance): Throughout season 11, Amelia Shepherd worked with Dr. Nicole Herman, the head of Fetal Surgery at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital,  to remove her once-declared inoperable tumor (a grade VI astrocytoma). The surgery took over 17 hours, and was a success, but at the result of leaving Nicole blind.
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