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3-D Brain Navigation, Minimally Invasive Surgery Combine to Help Neurosurgeon Remove Tennis Ball-Sized Tumor
Date:6/21/2010

Cured by Dr. Ramin Rak, Roger Sencer Living Normal Life One Year Later.

(PRWEB) June 19, 2010 -- Huntington, New York resident Roger Sencer was driving home from work in May 2009 when he couldn’t remember important details of his own life. Realizing that something was seriously wrong, his wife Jane got him to Huntington Hospital. The news was not good: the emergency physician ran tests and found a large tumor the size of a tennis ball resting on his brain.

Following this startling diagnosis, Jane Sencer telephoned a family member working in the field, who arranged for Mr. Sencer to be transferred to a Manhattan hospital. But since Mr. Sencer had developed an immediate bond with neurosurgeon Ramin Rak, MD -- and the family member heard great things about Dr. Rak from others in the field – Mr. Sencer decided to stay put and have his surgery with Dr. Rak.

Fortunately, new minimally invasive surgical techniques guided by an advanced brain navigation system enabled Dr. Rak not just to treat Mr. Sencer, but to deliver a cure, while allowing Mr. Sencer to remain in the community and close to his loved ones.

“While all brain surgery cases are difficult, some are more difficult than others,” says Dr. Rak, who is a partner in Neurological Surgery, P.C., a private practice of leading neurosurgeons. “This was particularly true with Mr. Sencer’s case, as the tumor was not just large but in a difficult position, surrounded by vital blood vessels at the base of his skull.”

The eight-hour procedure involved using microsurgical techniques to remove the tumor, known as an olfactory groove meningioma.

Mr. Sencer’s tumor was resting on his olfactory nerve, which transmits odor signals to the brain. Once D
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