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Published July 12, 2013, 05:08 PM

Remarkable tumor surgery at Sanford Health in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- If the doctor sat you down and said: "You have a brain tumor" imagine the fear and anxiety.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- If the doctor sat you down and said: "You have a brain tumor" imagine the fear and anxiety.

But if that same surgeon told you he was removing the tumor "through your eyebrow" now that is worth a double take.

A Sanford Health patient from Bemidji came to Fargo today, and you would never know she recently underwent brain surgery.

Abbey Lindee as quite the wow story to tell when anyone asks her how you doing.

The 21 year old was on Lake Bemidji sailing, when a boom in a sailboat.

She suffered a concussion when the sailboat boom struck her in the head. She is lucky she had an MRI.

Dr. Timothy Lindley- Sandford Neurosurgeon: "Abbey's brain tumor was located deep in the skull, near the base of the brain."

The MRI for a concussion revealed a tumor the size of a quarter.

Lindley: "In order to get in there and take it out safely it requires pretty extensive procedure."

The biggest challenge for the Sanford surgical team? Her tumor was in high priced real estate. The pituitary gland, carotid arteries and optic nerves.

Traditionally, surgeons would put Abbey through a pretty invasive and potentially disfiguring surgery.

We would bring the skin down, divide the muscle, pull it down remove the bone, but Sanford NeuroSurgeon Dr. Timothy Lindley went in through Abbey's eyebrow.

The only things you can see is at this trailing edge.

Using microscopic instruments, the tumor was removed and taken out through the eyebrow. There is barely a noticeable scar.

Abbey Lindee- Had Tumor Removed: "I am impressed."

This is not possible in all brain surgery cases obviously, but for some patients it will mean a quicker recovery, less pain and fewer worries about divot type disfigurement from the procedure. Good news for Abby, the tumor was benign. No chemo, no radiation.

Abbey comes to Sanford Fargo for scans every few months, as a precaution.