What is endoscopic skull base surgery and when might it be performed?

01/09/2021

At Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat in the New Jersey area, patients have a wide selection of services that can be used in improving their overall health and wellness. The area of otolaryngologists encompasses conditions of the head, including the ears, nose, and throat. One common procedure performed in our practice is skull base surgery. Skull base surgery is an innovative technique that uses endoscopes through the nose to perform procedures at the base of the skull. Endoscopic skull base surgery is done as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Brain tumors
  • Brain aneurisms
  • Meningioma
  • Invasive fungal sinusitis
  • Optic nerve compression
  • Pituitary tumor
  • Sinus tumor
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Craniofacial fractures
  • Adenoma
  • Brain metastases

What are the advantages of endoscopic skull base surgery?

The team at Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat find that this particular treatment allows patients to not only address a wide range of conditions, but that it has several other benefits for patients to consider. Some of the advantages of endoscopic skull base surgery include:

  • Reduced scarring when compared with more traditional surgeries
  • Shorter procedure times
  • Less time under anesthesia
  • The ability to reach areas that might otherwise be inoperable
  • The use of an endoscope to see areas not possible with traditional surgeries
  • No incisions done, as access is typically through the nasal cavity
  • Reduced discomfort and postoperative pain
  • The ability to combine with computer-assisted navigation to view three dimensional images

Is skull base surgery painful?

Our doctors perform endoscopic skull base surgery while patients are under proper anesthetics and sedation to ensure the procedure is done while the patient is asleep and comfortable. Patients may experience some discomfort following their treatment, but most are able to control this postoperative discomfort easily with over-the-counter pain management medications.

Learn more about skull base surgery with Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat

Neptune, Holmdel, and Manahawkin, NJ area patients can visit with one of our many providers in our conveniently located practices by scheduling an appointment at (732) 280-7855. We are excited to offer patients with solutions that work in helping them improve their quality of life.