Endoscopic Skull base surgery may be done to remove both benign and cancerous growths, and abnormalities on the underside of the brain, the skull base, or the top few vertebrae of the spinal column. Because this is such a difficult area to see and reach, skull base surgery may be done by a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure in which instruments are inserted through the natural openings in the skull—the nose or mouth—or by making a small hole just above the eyebrow. This type of surgery requires a team of specialists that may include ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeons, neurologists, and radiologists. Skull base surgery can be done in two main ways. Although the preferred method is endoscopic, open surgery is also an option, depending on the type of growth that needs to be removed and its location. In addition to endoscopic and open skull base surgery, these treatments may be needed, depending on the type of growth or abnormality of the skull base ie., Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, Gamma knife, Proton bean therapy. After skull base surgery, your medical team will closely monitor you. Some people need continued therapy, and many will need repeated tests to make sure that a growth is not coming back over time. Because this type of surgery can be very stressful, it's also important to get support from friends and family.
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