ENDOSCOPIC SKULL BASE SURGERY
Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery is a highly specialized, minimally invasive surgical technique for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating benign or cancerous growths located on the underside of the brain, the base of the skull, and the upper vertebrae of the spinal column.
It can also be advantageous in repairing spinal fluid leaks, congenital anomalies, and malformations.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
Skull base surgeons use special instruments, including an endoscope, inserted through the skull’s natural openings (e.g., nose and sinus cavities, mouth) to remove tumors and lesions in the difficult to reach areas at the skull base.
The procedure makes it possible for physicians to operate on areas that were once deemed inoperable without disturbing the face or skull minimizing complications and preserving normal neurologic and facial function.
Thanks in large part to modern technology, this procedure generally does not require large incisions or long hospitalization. Today, physicians can perform the surgery in a minimally invasive fashion, with shorter hospitalization, and without visible scars on the face or scalp.
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