Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 130, Issue 2, pp 377–382 | Cite as

Future directions of operative neuro-oncology

  • Robert C. Rennert
  • David R. Santiago-Dieppa
  • Javier Figueroa
  • Nader Sanai
  • Bob S. CarterEmail author
Topic Review


Recent technological advancements have drastically improved the safety and surgical precision of operative neuro-oncology. These include techniques for avoiding critical functional structures through pre-operative mapping and trajectory planning, as well the development and refinement of minimally invasive surgical approaches. Innovations in intra-operative tumor mapping, and post-resection tumor ablation have further combined to improve surgical outcomes. This review highlights such advancements and discusses future directions within operative neuro-oncology.


Neuro-oncologic surgery Minimally invasive surgery Pre-operative mapping 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

R.C.R., D.R.S.D., J.F., N.S., and B.S.C. have no conflict of interest to report.


This manuscript was prepared without external funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert C. Rennert
    • 1
  • David R. Santiago-Dieppa
    • 1
  • Javier Figueroa
    • 1
  • Nader Sanai
    • 2
  • Bob S. Carter
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of California, San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological InstituteSt. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical CenterPhoenixUSA

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