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    Skull Base Program

    Skull Base Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona

    Endoscopic Cranial Surgery

    Endoscopic cranial surgery is a procedure in which instruments and a tiny camera are passed through small holes in the skull. Once in place, the neurosurgeon can use the camera and instruments to repair or remove structures in or around the brain.

    Endoscopic brain surgery can be especially useful for tumors, aneurysms, and other lesions of the skull base. The skull base–the area where the brain rests on the floor of the skull—incorporates critical structures such as the cranial nerves, the carotid arteries, and the basilar artery. Because there are so many vital structures in very close proximity to each other, skull base lesions can be difficult to access using traditional open surgery.

    Endoscopic cranial surgery through the nose or sinuses can be used to access the skull base. This approach can cause fewer complications, reduced blood loss, and shorter recovery times.

    What is Endoscopic Cranial Surgery used for?

    Endoscopic cranial surgery can treat a wide range of conditions, including:

    • Chordoma
    • Chondrosarcoma
    • Meningioma
    • Pituitary tumors such as adenoma, craniopharyngioma, and Rathke cleft cyst
    • Schwannoma
    • Traumatic brain injury
    Am I a good candidate for Endoscopic Cranial Surgery?

    There are many factors that play a role in deciding between endoscopic or traditional open neurosurgery. Your neurosurgeon will be able to help you weigh these considerations and make an informed and appropriate decision.

    Information and Resources

    US National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information: Transorbital Approaches to the Skull Base

    US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

    US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: Endoscopic Cranial Base Surgery

    Request an Appointment with an Endoscopic Cranial Surgery Specialist

    Call (855) 402-3509

    • Date of last review: August 1, 2017

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.