Skull Base Surgery

Specialty Physician Associates -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Specialty Physician Associates

Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown & Wind Gap, PA

If you have a growth on the underside of your brain, at the base of your skull, or on the uppermost vertebrae in your cervical spine, you might need skull base surgery. Through this minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, your Specialty Physician Associates doctor can diagnose and treat the problem promptly and efficiently. Use the online scheduler or call the Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown, or Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, office to make an appointment today.

Skull Base Surgery Q & A

What is Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which your Specialty Physician Associates doctor examines and removes growths in your skull base area. This unique technique was developed to reach otherwise hard-to-access tumors without needing to remove large amounts of bone or disrupting the brain’s position.

When Do I Need Skull Base Surgery?

Your Specialty Physician Associates doctor can address a number of different types of growths with skull base surgery, including:

  • Pituitary tumors
  • Congenital cysts
  • Bone tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Artery and vein malformations
  • Meningiomas

Many other types of growths, both benign and malignant, can be analyzed, treated, and removed using skull base surgery.

Your Specialty Physician Associates doctor recommends skull base surgery only after other types of treatment, such as medication, have failed or haven’t given you the results you need.

How Does Skull Base Surgery Work?

Specialty Physician Associates offers endoscopic skull base surgery because it's minimally invasive and highly precise. In this procedure, your doctor typically places an endoscope through one of the following areas:

  • Nose: trans-nasal entrance
  • Mouth: trans-oral entrance
  • Above the brow: supra-orbital entrance
  • Behind the ear: trans-temporal, trans-petrosal, or retrosigmoid entrance

Before skull base surgery was developed, doctors had to remove a large part of your skull and possibly part of your facial structures and then forcefully shift your brain tissue to get to the growth. Skull base surgery uses your body's own natural openings to access the treatment area so your doctor can perform efficient and precise surgery.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will I Have for Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is usually done under a general anesthetic. You’ll sleep the entire time that your doctor is working, and you won’t feel any pain or discomfort.

What is Recovery After Skull Base Surgery Like?

Recovery is variable depending on what type of tumor or growth you’re dealing with. You could need radiation, chemotherapy, or other treatments to keep malignant tissue from returning. Some patients might need physical therapy, as well.

Most patients have a smooth recovery with the help of the Specialty Physician Associates team. Your recovery plan is customized for optimal comfort and wellness.

To learn more about skull base surgery, book your consultation at Specialty Physician Associates by phone or through the online scheduler now.