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Blind single mom to see thanks to revolutionary brain surgery


A 44-year-old single mom who is nearly blind due to a massive brain tumor that is pressing on her optic nerve is about to have her vision restored thanks to a revolutionary new surgical procedure. Adrian Griffin, a Pasadena resident, will undergo a minimally invasive approach to brain surgery known as endoscopy that will be performed by internationally renowned surgeon Hrayr Shahinian, M.D. of the Skull Base Institute. Shahinian pioneered the endoscopic surgical approach to skull base surgery and is one of only a few surgeons in the world to specialize in the technique.

Due to her condition, Griffin has been unable to perform her day-to-day duties as an elementary school teacher or care for herself. She is expected to have her sight restored immediately after the 1.5-hour procedure. Few other physicians would even attempt the surgery due to the tumor's precarious location in the brain.


Monday, June 6
7:30 a.m.


Skull Base Institute

8635 West 3rd Street, Suite 1170W (West Tower)
Los Angeles, California 90048
(310) 691-8888

New Surgery:

Dr. Shahinian has turned the medical community upside down by shunning the traditional craniotomy -- a relatively barbaric procedure that involves making an incision from ear to ear, pulling back the skin to expose the skull, sawing off the top portion to reach the brain and attempting to correct the abnormality in question. Shahinian and his world-class team of surgeons, neurologists, endocrinologists and other medical professionals are able to treat patients using micro-instruments to access the problem areas. To date, Dr. Shahinian has treated more than 2,000 patients using his advanced endoscopic procedure. The result is leading to a paradigm shift in this field of medicine despite some opposition from traditionalists who are holding on to long-established practices and are resistant to change.