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Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT)

Deep-seated brain tumors (gliomas), metastatic brain tumors and epileptic areas of the brain can be difficult to treat with surgery. Traditional brain surgery is also very invasive. However, a minimally invasive laser technique allows neurosurgery experts at Rush to zero in on these lesions. The procedure, called laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), or thermal ablation, treats these lesions efficiently and effectively.

How LITT works

During the LITT procedure, the surgeon navigates a small MRI-guided laser catheter into the lesion through a tiny skin opening. The laser delivers heat to the targeted area to destroy the lesion. As the heat is delivered, the temperature rises in the target area, and the surgeon uses real-time MRI imaging to map tissue temperature changes. This allows the surgeon to precisely control the amount and duration of heat.

Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon removes the laser catheter and the incision can be closed with a single stitch. Patients can often go home the same day or the next day after treatment.

Good candidates for LITT

LITT is best for those who have the following conditions:

  • Recurrent, deep or inoperable brain tumors
  • Mesial temporal lobe (MTL) or intractable epilepsy that doesn’t respond to seizure medications

Advantages of LITT

Having the LITT procedure done means you may experience improvements in some or all of the following ways:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Minimal post-procedure pain
  • Little or no hair removal at treatment site
  • Reduced post-surgery cognitive issues
  • Reduction in seizures

Available Locations:

University Neurosurgery
Professional Building
1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 855
Chicago, IL 60612
Call (312) 942-6644 for appointments.

Why Choose Rush for LITT

  • Rush has a multidisciplinary team of experts specifically dedicated to LITT treatment
  • Every patient undergoes a multidisciplinary review. 
  • Experts at Rush provide a tailored and individualized treatment plan to address your unique pathology.