The skull base is the bottom portion of the skull that supports the undersurface of the brain and protects many vital structures. This area includes the roof of the eye sockets, cheek bone, top of the palate, the deep structures of the ear canals, and the bottom portion of the skull behind the head. The skull base contains 12 cranial nerves and multiple arteries that control complex senses, including hearing, vision, and balance.
The cranial nerves that occupy the skull base and the critical blood vessels that enter or exit the skull make the cranium one of the most delicate and complex organs of the human body. Common disorders that our neurosurgeons treat in this region include:
Our multidisciplinary skull base surgery team, using the latest imaging technology, is able to reach all areas of the skull base to treat a wide variety of cranial disorders. Our innovative surgical approaches for skull base disorders allow for faster pathological diagnosis, decompression of critical structures, and, often, a cure. Furthermore, our innovative surgical techniques – through the side or underneath the skull base – help minimize injury to the brain, resulting in a faster operation with fewer complications and a more timely recovery.
The surgical treatments we offer for skull base diseases include:
To make an appointment or request a consultation, please contact the BWH Skull Base Surgery Program at: (617) 732-6600.
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