Less Invasive Brain Surgery Ends Seizures

A new surgical system at OU Medical "changes life" of Clinton Boy

 After suffering from a brain tumor for most of his life, a 12-year-old Clinton, Oklahoma boy is experiencing dramatic lifestyle changes following an innovative surgery at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. 

Before the operation, Benjamin Spottedwolf experienced prolonged seizures, couldn’t attend school a full day or even play outside. That has all changed since neurosurgeon, Timothy Mapstone used a new device called the NICO Myriad surgical system to remove Spottedwolf’s benign tumor. Since the surgery on March 28, Spottedwolf’s seizures have vanished. 

“Two days before the operation, he was having seizures for three hours straight. He has not had a seizure since his surgery,” said Patrice Spottedwolf, Benjamin’s mother. 

OU Medical Center, including The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, is the first hospital in Oklahoma to have the NICO Myriad surgical system. The one-of-a-kind device advances minimally invasive surgical techniques and provides new hope for patients who were previously inoperable. 

“Difficult to reach tumors can now be treated more safely through smaller incisions with less brain disruption. Benjamin’s surgery lasted three hours; he was released from the hospital after only three days,” Mapstone said.

The Myriad device allows surgeons to operate through a small hole versus an open craniotomy. The system is used through the working channel of an endoscope, a slender instrument used for visually examining the interior of a bodily canal or organ. The Myriad’s controllable tip allows for precise surgical work that is delivered by the physician through a foot pedal operation. The tool allows for slow, methodical tissue removal as required near or on critical structures like optic nerves and carotid arteries as well as for rapid tissue removal of large, more fibrous tumors.  

The Myriad has been used in removing brain tumors in children as young as eight months of age and can be used in removing many of the most common malignant and non-cancerous pediatric brain and central nervous system tumors. It is the first automated and non-heat producing tumor removal device to operate in open and endoscopic surgical approaches.

Before the surgery, Patrice said Benjamin’s seizures caused him to lash out at teachers and other students. She said he now behaves like a different person.

“He’s upbeat. Before, he was totally depressed. He has a totally different attitude. We are grateful the way things have turned out. We are extremely happy with the results because it has helped him so much,” she said.

The Myriad is being used on both children and adults at OU Medicine.



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OU Medical Center, including The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center is Oklahoma's largest and most comprehensive hospital.  It is located in the heart of Oklahoma City. We provide a full range of hospital services for every patient, from the smallest neonate to the most critically ill senior.




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