By Michelle Emick Ronholm
There were so many fantastic sessions and activities during the 11th National Conference on Hydrocephalus. But one of the most impactful components of the conference was the opportunity to watch live surgeries to treat hydrocephalus.
The conference launched with a tutorial on the brain, how it functions, how hydrocephalus impacts it and how surgery helps to improve brain function. All the charts and graphs that we saw in that presentation came to life when Mark Luciano, MD, Co-director, Aging Brain Center, Section Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery Cleveland Clinic Foundation and member of the HA Medical Advisory Board allowed cameras into the operating room so conference participants, sitting in a lecture hall across the street, could see exactly what happens.
Dr. Luciano performed two surgeries on two different days of the conference — one was a shunt placement surgery and one was an Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV). We will be posting official footage from the surgery once we have it in hand. Luckily, our friends in Detroit have posted it on their YouTube channel so we are able to share this rough (but pretty good!) video.