Skull base surgery uses specialized techniques that give neurosurgeons access to deep-seated, difficult-to-reach lesions in the brain – with minimal disruption or manipulation of this vital organ. As a result, tumors, aneurysms, hemorrhages and other conditions that can be difficult to treat and are at times considered “inoperable” can be treated with greater precision and safety.
Conemaugh Health System’s state-of-the-art surgical technology includes sophisticated image-guided tools that are essential for effective skull base procedures. This includes high-resolution computed axial tomography (CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), intraoperative angiography, micro-Doppler, microscopic surgical aspiration systems, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring and spinal instrumentation.
The multidisciplinary surgical team includes neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, anesthesiologists, radiation oncologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. Prior to surgery, the team will conduct an extensive pre-operative evaluation that includes a complete medical history, physical and neurological examinations, and comprehensive radiographic studies. This will help determine if you are a candidate for skull base surgery. Skull based surgery is typically performed to help treat:
- Tumors in and around the head and neck
- Vascular lesions, such as aneurysms or arterial venous malformation (AVM)
- Birth-related conditions, such as head or facial malformations
- Trauma-related conditions, such as skull base fractures or spinal injuries
Interventional neuroradiologic procedures, such as transarterial embolization to decrease tumor vascularity, and carotid balloon test occlusion are also performed.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with a member of our neurosurgical team to discuss skull base surgical options, please call (814)534-5724.