Saint Louis University Hospital Neurosurgeons Offering BrainPath Technology 
Thursday, 28 August 2014 
ST. LOUIS – Neurosurgeons at Saint Louis University Hospital have a new, less-invasive approach for some patients in need of complex brain surgery with a system combining surgical access and imaging through a smaller incision.

Using the BrainPath technology, surgeons can go deeper into the brain to treat issues such as deep-seated tumors and intracranial hemorrhage through a dime-sized incision rather than opening a large section of the skull.

“This is a benefit for patients with traditionally hard to reach tumors in the brain,” says Jeroen Coppens, MD, SLUCare neurosurgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital. “We are able to reach those structures more safely.”

Dr. Coppens and his team are able to access those parts of the brain by opening an incision and placing a small tube into the brain. The device moves past natural brain folds and fibers without cutting through them.

Using a camera inserted in the tube, surgeons can see brain structures in high definition and can avoid them while cutting out a tumor. A small tool also inserted into the tube is used to remove the tumor.

“I’m able to do this while looking on a screen and see the tumor or a bleed without a major removal of the skull,” says Dr. Coppens.

For more information, contact the Saint Louis University department of neurosurgery at 314-577-8715.


About Saint Louis University Hospital

Saint Louis University Hospital is a 356-licensed bed quaternary/tertiary referral center located in the heart of the city of St. Louis. Approximately 75 percent of patients are drawn from a 150-mile radius. Through affiliation as the teaching hospital for Saint Louis University, the hospital provides patients and their families with an environment of medical innovation. Working in this endeavor are the hospital’s medical staff partners, SLUCare, the physicians of Saint Louis University. The hospital admits more than 17,000 patients annually and is a Level I Trauma Center that treats more than 2,000 major trauma cases a year. For more information, please visit

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