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Skullbase surgery is a meticulous procedure aimed at addressing abnormalities in the complex network of bone, nerves, and blood vessels at the bottom of your skull. It involves delicate maneuvers to access and treat conditions such as tumors, aneurysms, and abnormalities affecting vital structures like the brainstem and cranial nerves. Utilizing advanced imaging and surgical techniques, our skilled surgeons work on the affected structures of the base of the skull to restore optimal health and functionality.

Advantages of Skullbase Surgery:

  • Precise targeting of lesions while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue
  • Access to deep-seated tumors and abnormalities without extensive cranial or facial incisions
  • Reduced risk of complications associated with traditional open surgeries
  • Enhanced visualization and magnification of structures through advanced imaging
  • Potential for shorter hospital stays and faster recovery compared to traditional surgeries
  • Improved outcomes and quality of life for patients with complex skullbase conditions

Skullbase Surgery Treats:

  • Tumors located at the base of the skull, including benign and malignant growths
  • Aneurysms and other vascular abnormalities affecting blood vessels in the skull base
  • Traumatic injuries to the skull base, such as fractures or penetrating wounds
  • Cranial nerve disorders and compression syndromes originating from the skull base
  • Congenital anomalies impacting structures within the skull base, like Chiari malformations
  • Infections or inflammatory conditions affecting the bones and tissues around the skull
  • Pituitary tumors and other lesions involving the sellar and parasellar regions
  • Meningiomas, schwannomas, and other nerve sheath tumors affecting the cranial nerves
  • Chordomas and chondrosarcomas arising from the bones of the skull base
  • Skull base defects and cerebrospinal fluid leaks requiring repair

Skullbase Surgery FAQs

Is skullbase surgery safe?

Skullbase surgery is generally safe when performed by experienced surgeons in specialized centers equipped with advanced technology, such as our fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon, Dr. Sansoni. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks and potential complications, including bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Sansoni will take all appropriate measures to minimize these risks.

How long does skullbase surgery take?

The duration of skullbase surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the condition being treated and the specific surgical approach used. Some procedures may take several hours, while others may be shorter. During the preoperative consultation, Dr. Sansoni will provide you with an estimated timeframe based on your individual case.

What is the recovery process like after skullbase surgery?

Recovery from skullbase surgery varies from patient to patient and depends on factors such as the extent of the surgery and individual health status. Initially, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, or bruising around the surgical site, but these symptoms typically improve with time. Dr. Sansoni will provide you with postoperative care instructions, including pain management, activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

How long will it take to fully recover from skullbase surgery?

The time it takes to fully recover from skullbase surgery varies from patient to patient. While some patients may experience a relatively quick recovery and return to normal activities within a week or two, others may require more time for complete healing and rehabilitation.

Will I need additional treatments after skullbase surgery?

In some cases, additional treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended following skullbase surgery to further manage or eradicate the underlying condition, particularly if it’s cancerous. Dr. Sansoni will discuss the possibility of adjuvant therapies with you based on your specific diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Alaska Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT is the sole practice in Alaska where our surgeons hold three combined fellowships: facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, advanced head and neck oncology, and rhinology/skullbase surgery. Dr. Sansoni, our fellowship-trained sinus surgeon, leads a team of head and neck surgeons and collaborates on surgical plans to ensure optimal results. If you’re considering skullbase surgery, schedule your consultation with us today.

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