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Minimally invasive skull base surgery

Endoscopic skull base surgery

If you have a tumour which can be treated with minimally invasive skull base surgery, our neurosurgeons can treat you

About

Minimally invasive skull base surgery can treat a range of brain and certain spinal injuries. If you have a growth or abnormality on the underside of the brain (skull base), it can very difficult to reach. Using an endoscope, our neurosurgeons and other specialists are able to remove these growths.

Need to know

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    Minimally invasive skull base surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. Your consultant's surgical techniques may vary, however, they may do the following.They'll start by making a small incision on the inside of your nose, through the eyebrow, in the temple or just behind your ear. This will allow them to pass an endoscope (thin tube with a camera on the end) through the area, underneath or alongside the brain. They will then be able to see images of your skull base on a screen. From this point, your surgeon will remove any growth with surgical instruments.The surgical opening will be closed, sometimes this requires fat and fibrous tissue (fascia) to be taken from your thigh through a separate small incision. 
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you in detail and answer any questions you may have.

    The nature of the treatment means you will likely  MRI and/or CT scans beforehand. This is to help your consultant assess the anatomy of your skull base in more detail before surgery.
     
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    Immediately after surgery, you will wake up in a post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU). Whilst here, you'll have your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels monitored. You may then be moved to a regular ward where our nurses can continue to check on you. You'll be able to eat and drink as normal. Some patients can go home within two to three days of surgery. Your consultant will arrange a follow-up appointment for you and let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise. If you experience pain or any discomfort after your procedure, they will of course provide you with the appropriate medication.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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