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Charitable Support for the Wessex Neurological Centre
Enhancing the range and quality of patient care and sponsoring pioneering research


The 2017 Smile4Wessex...

The 2017 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner
We are delighted to announce that the 13th Annual Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 14th October 2017 at what is without question one of the most prestigious venues in Hampshire.   The fabulous Hampshire...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers raise over £11,000
A total of 11 brave souls volunteered to have their heads shaved for our inaugural 'febBRAINairy' fundraising event, collectively raising a quite incredible £11,182 for Smile4Wessex. Throughout February (and into March),...

Smile4Wessex Launches...

Smile4Wessex Launches 3D Endoscope Appeal
Latest Smile4Wessex Appeal Launched Click HERE for details.

Linda’s Life Turns Full...

Linda’s Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

You Smile, We Smile,...

You Smile, We Smile, They Smile - Promo Video Launched
We're delighted to reveal the new promotional video about Smile4Wessex - You Smile, We Smile, They Smile.  You may find it moving, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, or a combination of all those things, but we hope...

Our Current Appeal

Our New Appeal – 3D Endoscopic Neurosurgery

The Wessex Neurological Centre has been at the forefront of Endoscopic Neurosurgery for many years, with surgeons having performed thousands of skull base procedures and resections of Pituitary tumours. The technique involves operating via the nasal passage, and is far less invasive for such cases that full craniotomies. Until now, surgeons have had to use endoscopic cameras that provide only 2D images, but new technology now offers 3D imaging which not only makes it easier for the surgeon to navigate to and carry out the required procedure, but makes possible operations that simply could not safely be conducted with the 2D endoscopes.

Our current appeal aims to raise £100,000 to purchase such as system for the Wessex Neurological Centre and, as at the time of writing (February 2017), we are closing in on that goal. The image above was taken in January when the VisionSense 3D Endoscope was on trial at the unit, with Mr Mathad (consultant neurosurgeon) seen here undertaking a pituitary gland tumour resection. The patient was losing vision due to the pressure the tumour was exerting on the optic nerve. It was amazing to see the quality of the 3D images provided by the VisionSense system, as compared to existing 2D technology. The distortion on the screen image in the photo aboveis of course due to the fact that 3D glasses (as worn by the surgeons) are needed to fully appreciate the benefits. We're delighted to say that the procedure was completed in around 1 hour and the patient was able to go home just two days later.

Please click on the following link for a BBC video providing an overview of the benefits of this amazing new technology.

3D Endoscopic Neurosurgery