TREATMENT

Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

TREATMENT

Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Overview

At Century ENT, we specialize in the cutting-edge field of endoscopic skull base surgery, a minimally invasive technique used to effectively treat various skull base pathologies, including tumors, cysts, and other abnormalities. This innovative approach allows us to access the skull base through the natural openings of the nose or, in some cases, through small incisions on the scalp, offering our patients the latest advancements in surgical care.

Indications

Our skilled surgeons recommend endoscopic skull base surgery for a range of conditions, including:

  1. Skull Base Tumors: Whether benign or malignant, tumors originating from the skull base or extending into it, such as pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, and chordomas, can be effectively managed through this technique.
  2. CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) Leak: This condition, characterized by an abnormal connection between cerebrospinal fluid and the nasal cavity due to trauma, surgery, or congenital defects, can be expertly treated through endoscopic skull base surgery.
  3. Sinonasal Tumors: Tumors arising from the sinuses and extending into the skull base are addressed with precision using this approach.
  4. Esthesioneuroblastoma: A rare tumor arising from the olfactory neuroepithelium, with the potential to extend into the skull base. These tumors originate from the nerve controlling the sense of smell and can be effectively managed with endoscopic surgery.

Risks

While endoscopic skull base surgery offers numerous advantages over traditional open approaches, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks, which can include:

  • Bleeding, either during or after surgery, which may necessitate reoperation.
  • Infection.
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak: Although this is typically repaired during surgery, it may occur as a delayed reaction, requiring hospitalization or a second surgery.
  • Nerve Damage: There is a slight risk of damaging nerves responsible for vision, eye movement, or facial sensation.
  • Meningitis: This infection affects the lining above the skull base and is treated with IV antibiotics in the hospital.
  • Recurrence: Tumors may recur after surgery, potentially requiring additional treatment.

The Century ENT Advantage

Endoscopic skull base surgery offers numerous benefits, including reduced trauma, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic outcomes. However, it’s important to note that not all skull- base pathologies are suitable for endoscopic treatment. In some cases, traditional open surgery may still be the preferred option for optimal results.

For expert guidance on your specific condition and treatment options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Muhamad Amine, Century ENT’s fellowship-trained skull base surgeon. Trust Century ENT for advanced surgical care, a commitment to your well-being, and access to the latest advancements in skull base surgery. Contact us today to explore your options and embark on your path to optimal health and recovery.

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