What is Skull Base Surgery?
The cranial base, where all of the critical blood vessels and nerves enter or exit the skull, is one of the most delicate and complex areas of the human body. Diseases of this region include both malignant and benign tumors as well as congenital and traumatic anatomical defects. In many instances we can observe benign, asymptomatic tumors. When tumors show signs of growth or interfere with the function of the brain or nerves, surgery may be required. Working with multiple specialties including neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and oculoplastic surgery virtually all areas of the brain and skull base can be reached using advanced skull base exposures. Whenever feasible we employ advanced, minimally-invasive approaches through the nasal passages. Less accessible tumors can often be treated with stereotactic radiosurgery. The multidisciplinary team at UIC ensures that patients receive the highest degree of specialized and comprehensive care available.