MRI-Guided Laser Ablation
St. John is the first hospital in northeastern Oklahoma to offer MRI-guided laser ablation for brain tumors as an alternative to the more traditional craniotomy.
During this minimally invasive procedure, light energy is delivered to the target area using a small laser catheter. As laser light is delivered, temperature in the target area begins to rise and is observed under real-time MRI imaging, allowing the surgeon precise control of the tissue ablation.
- Minimally invasive – requires only a small incision
- Shorter hospital stay – often just one day
- Less cosmetic impact – little or no hair loss, small suture to close
Dick Frierson never expected to need neurosurgery. When he did, he was thankful to have a compassionate team of doctors and nurses, along with cutting-edge neurosurgical technology available through St. John.