Chapter 10: Nervous System; Operative Terms
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excision of part of the skull to approach the brain
incision into the skull to approach the brain
removal of a herniated disk often done percutaneously
excision of one or more laminae of the vertebrae to approach the spinal cord
flattened posterior portion of the vertebral arch
utilization of a microscope to dissect minute structure during surgery
diagnosis and treatment of disorders within cerebral blood vessels performed in a specialized angiograhic laboratory by interventional neuroradiologists; common procedures include:
- - cerebral angioplasty and stent to restore blood flow through narrowed vessels such as the carotid artery, middle cerebral, and vertebrobasilar arteries
- - embolization (plugging) of intracranial aneurysms and other malformations
surgical repair of a nerve
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