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Another Success Story with Laser Generated Stereotactic Thermoablation May 8, 2013

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.

Adult patients suffering with HH tend to be hesitant to undergo complicated surgeries. As time passes, we find an increasing patient interest in stereotactic laser thermoablation. It is less invasive than open brain surgery and usually requires only one overnight stay in the hospital. We are happy to announce that one of our patients treated with this technology by Peter Nakaji, MD, is recovering successfully in California. We continue to offer this treatment option to pediatric and adult patients as we see the benefits magnify.

Post comments or questions to this blog or contact me directly at Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org.


Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center



1. josh curcio - July 1, 2013

I was treated with this surgery by Dr. Nakaji at St. Joseph and it was about as fantastic as tumor removal can go from my side. Recovery time was minimal and cognitive function was not impaired. There was some swelling but Dexametazone . was able to control it.
Thank you Dr. Nakaji.

lsoeby - July 1, 2013

Congratulations! We love to hear about such wonderful outcomes! My son also had HH surgery with Dr Nakaji and we are also thrilled with the outcome! Thank you to a wonderful team! Thanks Maggie for all your help as well!!

2. mvarlan - July 1, 2013

Hi Josh,
I am happy to hear about your experience at Barrow. Patients undergoing this treatment do need to stay on steroids longer than those having surgical resection due to brain’s reaction to the heat generated from the procedure. We are very excited about the positive outcomes with patients such as yourself .

3. lsoeby - July 1, 2013

Congratulations Josh! We love to hear all the great success stories! My son also had HH surgery with Dr Nakaji and are thrilled with the outcome! Thanks Maggie for all you do to help make these miracles happen!

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