Surgery for skull base tumours results in a cure for many patients. For most of these patients, traditional open craniofacial surgery is the safest approach with the best chance of success. In recent years, however, endoscopy-assisted surgery, which leaves no visible scars, has been found to be effective for the resection of some skull base tumours. During endoscopy-assisted surgery, the endoscope and surgical instruments are inserted through the nose and approach the skull base tumour from below, without the need for incisions.
Advantages: The endoscopic brain surgery results in less pain and often a faster recovery than traditional surgery. The incision does not leave a visible scar on the face or scalp.
How long does endoscopic brain surgery take?
Surgery times vary depending of the complexity of each case. For routine cases, surgery often takes two hours from the time anaesthesia is administered. More complex cases may take from four to six hours.
When can the patient return to work?The time to go back to work varies, depending on whether the lining of the brain was opened. If it was not, as with pituitary surgery, then the patient often can return to work within days. If it was opened, it is generally recommended avoiding heavy lifting for a few weeks to allow for the reconstruction to seal.
Will the surgery affect the appearance or nasal function (i.e. breathing and smelling)?
This procedure typically does not cause facial swelling, bruising or other changes in facial appearance. Typically, the nasal airway is maintained or even enhanced. Though decreased nasal airflow and a diminished sense of smell may occur, this is generally not anticipated.
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