Skull Base Surgery

Our skull base surgical team is among the nation's pioneers in using advanced approaches to remove complex brain tumors, often without a single incision.

The procedure is called minimally invasive transnasal endoscopic surgery. It involves a thin lighted tube with a tiny camera on the tip, state-of-the-art imaging equipment, the region's most renowned surgeons, top specialists from across the health system, a high degree of training and expertise – and the patient's nose.

The endoscope allows us to access narrow places, providing large, panoramic views. This offers us better visualization of the tumor or skull base disorder we're treating. – David Beahm, MD

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How it works

Using the nose and nasal passages as a corridor, the team navigates an endoscope through the challenging terrain of the skull base to reach the tumor. Supporting the underside of the brain, the skull base protects delicate and complex structures that include cranial nerves and multiple arteries controlling hearing, vision and balance.

Guided by highly detailed computer images, the team employs a minimally invasive approach to treat both cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the brain, spine, nose, sinuses and eye sockets. Among other conditions treated: cerebral spinal fluid leaks, decompression of cranial nerves and ligation of the arteries and aneurysms.

Skull base surgery program collaborators

Why choose us

We are one of only a few in the nation that specializes in removing skull base tumors using virtually all types of standard and minimally invasive techniques. Our unique collaborative culture and interdisciplinary approach has put our skull base surgery program on the map.

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Magnet designation
Our health system earned Magnet designation, nursing's standard of excellence.
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Ranked among the nation's best
For 12 consecutive years, we've ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top programs. 
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Top academic medical center
Earned Vizient's 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award; ranked 5th out of 99 academic medical centers studied.