If you have been diagnosed with a growth or abnormality on the underside of the brain, you may need to undergo a Skull Base Surgery to ease your signs and symptoms by removing the benign or cancerous growth. In these cases, our team at the Associates of Otolaryngology will help guide you through this process so that you feel confident and comfortable along the way.
What is Skull Base Surgery?
Skull base surgery is performed for patients who have been diagnosed with growths or abnormalities on the skull after an MRI, MRA, CT scan, or biopsy. These growths can also cause headaches, dizziness, numbness, facial discomfort or weakness, hearing issues or ringing, congestion, and dizziness. A skull base surgery may be required to remove these benign or cancerous growths.
How is Skull Base Surgery Done?
There are a few ways that a skull base procedure can be performed — endoscopic being the most common. This minimally invasive procedure will require a small incision inside the nose to remove the growth via an endoscope. An MRI will then be necessary to ensure that the entirety of the growth has been removed. An open skull base surgery, on the other hand, will require incisions in the skull and face to remove the growth. In many cases, an open skull base surgery is necessary for those that also need parts of the bone taken out to ensure the entirety of the growth has been removed. Most procedures can be performed by entering through the nostrils or mouth but may need to a small incision above the eyebrow. Most procedures last around two hours.
Skull Base Surgery Recovery
Post-procedure, you will require additional testing and evaluations from our team to ensure that the growth has not redeveloped. Most patients require a two-night hospital stay and mild pain relievers as well as nasal packing. The nasal packing is removed within one week. You will need to refrain from physical activity for about a month and may experience decreased senses such as smell and tasted due to decreased airflow.
If you require a Skull Base Surgery, you want to feel confident that your team has the experience necessary for a safe, successful procedure. Contact Associates of Otolaryngology in Lone Tree or Denver, Colorado to schedule your consultation today.