Endoscopic skull based surgery is an innovative technique that is used to remove lesions such as brain tumors through the nose by traversing sinuses. An endoscope is used to provide surgeons with internal images as they operate. Thanks in large part to modern technology, this procedure generally does not require large incisions or long hospitalization. Today, physicians are able to perform the surgery in a minimally invasive fashion, with shorter hospitalization, and without visible scars on the face or scalp.
How is Skull Base Surgery Done?
This minimally invasive approach uses the nose and sinus cavities to remove tumors and lesions in difficult to reach areas at the skull base. This procedure makes it possible for physicians to operate on areas that were once deemed inoperable without disturbing the face or skull.
During the procedure, an endoscopic skull base surgeon works along-side neurosurgeons. This combination of specialties ensures the best care possible for patients.
What is Skull Base Surgery Used to Treat?
Patients undergoing skull base surgery have typically been diagnosed with one of the conditions below.
- Brain and Pituitary Tumors
- Sinus Tumors
- Skull Base Tumors
- Spinal Fluid Leaks and Encephaloceles
Benefits of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
As mentioned above, there are multiple benefits for patients undergoing skull base surgery today. Some of these benefits include:
- Less invasive than traditional methods
- Reduced hospital stay
- No visible scarring on the face or scalp
- Less post-op pain
- Eliminates cosmetic issues
- Increased visibility for surgeons