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Brain and Spine Tumours

Professor Lind works as part of a multidiscplinary team including medical and radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists and neuropathologists who meet weekly at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to discuss cases. He performs surgery for brain tumours in the substance of the brain such as glioma (e.g. glioblastoma, low grade glioma, oligodendroglioma, ependymoma), medulloblastoma as well as tumours of the covering of the brain: meningiomas and craniopharyngiomas and tumour-like cavernomas using microsurgical techniques with MRI and CT imaging guidance in the operating room. Prof Lind has special experience with pineal region surgery (e.g. pineocytoma, pineoblastoma, teratoma, germ cell tumours) using the occipital transtentorial and supracerebellar approaches. He also receives referrals from other neurosurgeons for surgery in the fluid spaces of the brain using imaging-guided endoscopic keyhole surgery for choroid plexus papilloma, hamartomas and colloid cysts. Prof Lind removes spinal cord tumours including gliomas (including astrocytomas and ependymomas) and cavernomas using x-ray guidance and electrophysiological spinal cord monitoring with the assistance of a neurologist and neurophysiologist. He removes tumours of the bones of the spine and reconstructs using grafts of bone, specialised implants and pedicle screw/rod constructs.

Prof Lind refers on acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas) and pituitary adenomas to combined ENT/neurosurgeon teams specialising in transsphenoidal and translabyrinthine approaches through the nose or internal ear respectively.