Skull Base Tumors
The treatment of skull base brain tumors depends on several key factors such as tumor type, tumor location, the overall health of the patient as well as the benefit versus the risks of the treatment. Each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis to customize the best treatment for each individual.
Small skull base tumors may not require surgery if they are not causing symptoms and there is no threat. These types of tumors may be monitored closely and rechecked over a period of time. Most invasive skull base tumors require surgery. When surgery is required, it should be done by a specialist in the field with a great deal of experience. Our renowned fellowship trained skull base tumor surgeons at SCCNS work in multi-specialty teams to provide the highest level of experience and advanced techniques for the most minimally invasive treatment available. With our state-of-the-art minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, our experts use an endoscope to remove the tumor leaving no visible incisions if the surgery is done through the sinuses or very small ones in the skull.
With the help of today's technology, our surgeons can use either image-guided surgery with CT scans that help guide the surgeon to the precise location of the tumor or real-time MRI that shows live images of the tumor and the surrounding areas of the brain which allows the chance for complete removal of the tumor.
Along with our minimally invasive surgery techniques, we also offer Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Gamma Knife isn't actually a knife buy rather a radiation surgery technique that requires no incision. It provides accurate tumor targeting with a single dose of radiation. Patients that have this treatment can return to normal activity within a few days after treatment. Our success with this treatment has been tremendous and we are recognized as the preferred provider of this treatment at the Southern California Regional Gamma Center at San Antonio Community Hospital. SCCNS is one of the very few teams to be able to offer this treatment.