Skull Base Surgery


With more than 30 years of experience, the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute’s skull base team is a leader in the field of minimally invasive treatment of skull base tumors.

Our team includes neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, neurotologists , neuro-oncologists and headache/facial pain specialists. These specialists gather each week at our multidisciplinary tumor board conference. With each case presented, the specialists discuss, debate, and recommend a personalized course of action for the highest quality patient care. In addition to generating a treatment strategy, the tumor board gives reassurance to regional patients as well as those who consult us from across the nation. For patients with skull base (cranial base) tumors, minimally invasive procedures minimize the risk of neurological deficits.

Because patients are treated by more than one specialist, the UC Brain Tumor Center offers “one-stop” appointments with various specialists so that multiple trips are not necessary. We offer medical, surgical and thereapeutic treatments for all ages.

In 2012 and 2013 alone, the UC Brain Tumor Center performed 200 surgeries using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

Our team manages:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Clival chordomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • CSF rhinorrhea
  • Hormone-secreting pituitary tumors
  • Macroadenomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Sinus malignancies

Types of procedures we perform include:

  • Endoscopic transnasal surgery
  • Lateral skull base surgery
  • Cytoreductive surgery
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
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