Base of Skull Surgery

What is Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is surgery that is done to remove a tumor or other growth at the base, or bottom, of the skull. Minimally invasive skull base surgery, also called endoscopic skull base surgery, is a surgical technique that lets doctors do this delicate surgery through the nose.

Why Is Skull Base Surgery Done?

Skull base surgery is done to remove tumors, including: craniopharyngiomas (a brain tumor near the pituitary gland ) tumors in the pituitary gland sinonasal tumors (tumors of the sinuses and nasal cavities) Skull base surgery also can be done to treat a cyst , encephaloceles (hernias in the brain), and some birth defects.