Microsurgical Resection of Tumor of the Lateral Ventricle:

The surgical management of tumors of the lateral ventricles (LV) and the third ventricle (TV) remains a distinct challenge for neurosurgeons due to the deep and difficult-to-reach location and frequent involvement of adjacent critical neurovascular structures. An appropriate surgical approach should provide adequate operative working space with minimal brain retraction or brain transgression. To accomplish these goals, neurosurgeons may choose an approach that necessitates a longer distance to reach the tumor if it minimizes the amount of brain tissue that is resected or placed at risk by the approach. Furthermore, selection of the optimal approach to ventricular tumors depends on multiple other factors including the size of the ventricles and the tumor, the location of the arterial supply, pathological features of the tumor, and the surgeon’s experience. This video provides an overview of the open surgical operative corridors to the lateral tumors, highlighting the key surgical principles.

Here’s the thing that a lot of neurotypical people don’t seem to understand about most medications for mental illnesses- They’re not miracle drugs. When I take my anxiety medication, it doesn’t suddenly make me totally cured of my anxiety and a perfect, model citizen. Of course not. If I didn’t still experience anxiety, I wouldn’t still be making an ENTIRE GAME about it. What it does is that it takes the edge off. The medication doesn’t erase my anxiety, I still have to wrestle with it- it just makes it so that it doesn’t get in the way of basic tasks and living my life.

This is the same with MOST medications for mental illnesses. They don’t totally solve the problem, they just make it so that the person doesn’t have to struggle with their illness to accomplish basic tasks. Hell, for most illnesses that involve medication, the recommended treatment is meds AND therapy. It doesn’t disappear. It just makes it easier to live.