Brain Tumors

Brain Tumors

Brain Tumors services offered in Conroe, The Woodlands, Willis, Spring and Kingwood, TX

Brain tumors aren’t usually cancerous, but whatever form they take, expert treatment is essential. Fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Praveen Reddy, MD, M.Ch, and the team at the Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, PLLC, which has five prominent offices in Spring, Conroe, Kingwood, Willis, the Woodlands, Texas, specialize in advanced techniques like retractorless brain surgery to remove tumors with minimal tissue damage. Call the nearest Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, PLLC, office, or schedule a brain tumor consultation online today.

Brain Tumors Q&A

What are brain tumors?

Brain tumors are masses formed from abnormal cells. Most brain tumors are benign (noncancerous) rather than malignant (cancerous) but still present a risk because they create pressure that affects brain function.

Primary brain tumors originate in the spine or brain. Secondary brain tumors develop when cancerous cells from a tumor elsewhere in your body metastasize (spread) into your brain.

It’s not clear why some people get brain tumors. Risk factors include radiation exposure and a family history of brain tumors.

What symptoms do brain tumors cause?

Brain tumors can cause many symptoms, including:

  • Headaches

  • Seizures

  • Balance problems and dizziness

  • Personality changes

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Vision or hearing difficulties

  • Speech, language, thinking, and memory problems

  • Weakness or paralysis

  • Gradual loss of limb sensation or movement

  • Facial paralysis and sagging eyelids

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep pattern changes

Headaches are the most frequently occurring brain tumor symptom. They may worsen over time, becoming more frequent or constant. However, it’s important to remember that brain tumors don’t cause most headaches.

If you suddenly experience a blinding headache, it could be due to a burst aneurysm. Aneurysms are distended arteries that fill with blood. They typically cause no symptoms unless they burst, when they become a life-threatening emergency.

What treatment might I need for a brain tumor?

The treatment your neurologist recommends for a brain tumor depends on the tumor’s type, location, and size. Surgery is typically the first treatment and might be the only one you need if you have a benign or low-grade tumor.

Some tumors are easier to remove than others. Accessible tumors are a clearly defined shape and are in parts of your brain where there’s less risk of neurological damage.

Inaccessible or inoperable brain tumors are unsuitable for surgery. They’re deep within the brain or close to vital structures like the brainstem and may have undefined edges, meaning there’s a high risk of severe brain damage.

The Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, PLLC, uses advanced surgical techniques like the retractorless approach to minimize tissue damage.

You might need medications to manage your symptoms, such as:

  • Pain medications

  • Anticonvulsants to treat and prevent seizures

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs like steroids to reduce swelling and improve blood flow

  • Antidepressants for post-diagnosis depression

  • Antinausea drugs

Some tumors might require chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy to destroy the remaining cancer cells.

If you develop brain tumor symptoms, call the Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, PLLC, or book an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.

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