The skull base is the bone and structures that separate the sinuses from the intracranial cavity containing the brain. Some nasal and sinus tumors may extend into the adjacent skull base, as well as into the orbit (eye socket). Skull base surgery may be done to remove benign (harmless) or cancerous growths, as well as other abnormalities, on the underside of the brain, skull base, or within the top few vertebrae of the spinal column.
As this is a difficult area for surgeons to see and reach, we perform this surgery in an endoscopic, minimally invasive manner. With this procedure, your surgeon can remove tumors and lesions of the skull base and sinuses by operating through the nose. This reduces the need for more invasive, external procedures, which usually result in a greater chance for significant complications and a longer hospital stay.
Why Choose Us?
Leaders in the field of endoscopic skull base surgery. The experts at University of Miami Health have over 30 years of experience performing endoscopic skull base surgery for benign and malignant neoplasms of the nose and sinuses extending into the skull base and orbit. Some of the first endoscopic skull base procedures were described and performed at UHealth by our specialists almost 25 years ago.
A multidisciplinary team provides the best results. Our surgeons are part of a well-trained group of internationally recognized skull base specialists that span a number of specialties (ENT, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, radiation oncology), and work together daily, as an integrated multidisciplinary skull base team.
Personalized treatment for your unique needs. All patients' cases and their scans are reviewed at our weekly skull base tumor conference to determine the best approach for each patient’s tumor. Additional treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy are determined as well based on the best research evidence available. It is individualized for the specific patient. Treatment can be endoscopic, transoral robotic, and/or more traditional external surgical techniques, depending on the type and location of the tumor. This skull base team is truly unique not only in South Florida, but also nationally.
World-Class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.