A brain tumor is a cluster of tissue that grows abnormally in an area where it shouldn’t be, disrupting normal brain function. Depending on the tissue that makes up the tumor, the tumor may be benign (i.e., noncancerous) or malignant (i.e., cancerous). Indications for treatment may vary based on the tumor’s type and location, but most tumors need to be removed. Dr. Banister has years of experience performing tumor excision procedures. If radiation or chemotherapy are better treatment options for your tumor type, Dr. Banister can refer you to a respected and trustworthy neuro-oncologist in the area.
A migraine is a severe recurring headache that usually affects one side of the head. It is often accompanied by a throbbing sensation, nausea, sensitivity to light, and disturbed vision. Some migraines are caused by compression of the peripheral sensory nerves that surround the face, causing migraines so severe that they interfere with everyday activities. When these nerves are compressed, they may increase the frequency and severity of a migraine, so relieving pressure on the nerves may reduce the incidence and duration of future migraines. In such cases, Dr. Banister may recommend surgical decompression of the peripheral sensory nerves.
A subdural hematoma is a type of closed head injury that occurs when a pool of blood forms between the brain and its outermost covering (called the dura). There is only so much room inside your skull, so when blood starts to occupy space, it compresses brain tissue, causing brain injury or death. Subdural hematomas can also arise more gradually, resulting from a slow bleed in the brain. A subdural hematoma is a medical emergency treated either by drilling small holes called bur holes into the skull to drain the bleed, or by removing a larger piece of the skull in a procedure known as a craniotomy to remove a solid blood clot.