The objective of this paper is to review the results of a junior general neurosurgeon performing aneurysm surgery and compare these to the remainder of his low-volume unit. Prospectively collected data was analysed for 114 aneurysms clipped in 99 patients between July 2001 and May 2005. Overall there was a 0.9 mortality rate and 10.8 complication rate. The favourable outcome rate for the unit was 100 for unruptured aneurysms, 90.4 for grades 1-3 patients and 30 for poor grade patients (grades 4 and 5). The novice neurosurgeon had no mortality and a favourable outcome rate of 94.7 for grades 1-3 patients and 50 for poor grade patients. Acceptable results can be obtained with cerebral aneurysm surgery in a low-volume centre by Australian-trained, non-subspecialty neurosurgeons.
Goldschlager, T., Selvanathan, S., & Walker, D. (2007). Can a "novice" do aneurysm surgery? Surgical outcomes in a low-volume, non-subspecialised neurosurgical unit. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 14(11), 1055 - 1061. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2006.12.002