Skull base tumors can cause you to have headaches, vision loss, hearing loss, and balance issues. While not cancer, these benign brain tumors in the base of your skull cause pain and can interfere with your daily life. They can also go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Often, people with skull-base tumors get treated with methods that only work halfway.
Skull Base Surgery at UVA Health
At UVA Health, we use advanced tools and vast experience in treating skull base tumors and conditions. You can trust in our high level of accuracy. We have options to help you get the right care and avoid risky, stressful surgery. These procedures allow tumor removal with less damage to the brain.
High-Tech Operating Rooms
During surgery, we don't want to make mistakes. Plus, we want to know exactly how you are doing. So, we have operating room monitors that constantly check the function of your nervous system. Real-time measurements of your facial nerves, auditory nerves, vocal cords, and sensory and motor nerves lowers surgery complications.
Using lasers instead of knives, this high-tech tool pinpoints and destroys tumors in the skull. We use this for faster planning of complex tumors. Learn more about Gamma Knife.
This approach uses stents to open blocked veins, relieve pressure in the brain, and normalize blood flow. Patients tend to experience almost instant relief. Find out about neurovascular surgery.
Skull Base Conditions We Treat
- Acoustic neuroma
- Adenoid cystic
- Arachnoid cyst
- Basilar invagination
- Brain metastases
- Cerebellopontine angle tumors
- Chiari malformation
- Cholesterol granuloma
- CSF (spinal fluid) otorrhea
- CSF (spinal fluid) rhinorrhea
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Inverted papilloma
- Odontoid pannus
- Odontoid synovial cyst
- Olfactory neuroblastoma
- Optic nerve glioma
- Paraganglioma/Glomus tumors
- Petrous apex lesions
- Pseudotumor cerebri
Our skull base team is composed of specialists in:
- Head and neck surgery
- Sinus and skull base surgery
- Ear disorders (otology/neurotology)
- Pituitary disorders (endocrinology)
- Radiation oncology
They meet regularly to discuss your treatment plan to ensure you’re getting the best possible care. We also have a dedicated nurse practitioner who will work with you to manage multiple appointments and tests.