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Rambam HCC Performs Life-saving Surgery on Nablus Resident

Publication Date: 8/3/2022

Adel Hanaisha, a resident of Nablus in the Palestinian Authority required specialized surgery to remove a brain tumor that only Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa could offer.

Adel Hanaisha after his surgical procedure at Rambam. Photography:  Rambam HCCAdel Hanaisha after his surgical procedure at Rambam. Photography: Rambam HCC

Thirty-two-year-old engineer Adel Hanaisha suffered daily from headaches, dizziness and even momentary lapses of consciousness. Upon examination, his physician in the Palestinian Authority (PA), discovered a brain tumor. If not removed promptly, it would likely cause serious damage to his brain and quality of life. However, the highly-specialized and complex surgery he needed was not available in the PA.

Hanaisha’s specialist told him that Dr. Iddo Paldor, Deputy Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam was a brain tumor specialist, and the only physician he knew of who could remove the tumor without damaging his brain. Hanaisha understood that there was no time to waste.

The PA gave their approval and all administrative procedures were completed. Rambam HCC scheduled the surgery and Hanaisha was admitted to the hospital’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Paldor, Hanaisha’s surgeon, uses state-of-the-art technology with robotic capabilities, navigation, imaging, and 3D vision to perform this complex surgery – a Zeiss Kinevo 900 microscope. Following the successful surgery, Hanaisha felt good, and was scheduled for release from the hospital. Shortly thereafter, Hanaisha returned to his full time work in the PA. The first procedure, using the new microscope was done at Rambam HCC, in 2020 on an 80-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with a large tumor on her brain.

Dr. Iddo Paldor concluded, “Using the microscope’s advanced capabilities allows us at Rambam to align our brain tumor treatment with the world's leading centers. The microscope helps us to further reduce damage to sensitive areas of the brain surrounding the lesions being treated. Using this microscope, we can offer the world's most advanced neurosurgery to patients who have chosen Rambam.”

Read about the first procedure in 2020