Reconstruction of the skull base

Reconstruction of the skull base

Skull base surgery has rapidly evolved into a highly specialized surgical discipline over the past 25 years.

The development of reliable reconstructive procedures has greatly facilitated the ability to remove tumors that previously were not considered resectable or were partially excised to avoid serious complications. Reliable separation of the intracranial contents from the extracranial spaces is the key consideration in skull base reconstruction. This consideration is particularly important for cases in which dural resection or carotid artery dissection has been performed in conjunction with tumor extirpation involving the sinonasal tract or nasopharynx. The skull base reconstruction surgeons use state-of-the-art techniques to provide restoration of form and function for patients who might otherwise be left with a deficit.