Diseases of the skull base are rare, but potentially life threatening. Nowhere in the human body are so many neurological and vascular structures so densely concentrated.
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Disorders may range from benign and malignant tumors (cancers), infections and birth defects to traumatic head injuries. This also includes acoustic neuromas, which are noncancerous growths that develop on the eighth cranial nerve, or vestibulocochlear nerve, which connects the inner ear with the brain. Treatment in this area is highly complex because tumors and lesions can be hard to reach. Surgery is often required to restore function to the network of nerves, arteries and sensing organs that enable us to see, hear, speak and more.
The Silverstein Institute's specialists work with a multi-disciplinary team to provide the safest, least invasive and most comprehensive care possible. Dr. Jack Wazen of the Silverstein Institute and Dr. Ryan Glasser of Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists have partnered as the Program Directors at the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System Center of Excellence for Endoscopic and Open Cranial Base Surgery. At Sarasota Memorial, specialists in neurosurgery, otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, sinus and skull base surgery, otology/neurotology, neuroradiology, pituitary disorders, oncology and radiation oncology all partner to ensure the very best care and outcomes for our patients.
When surgery is necessary, the team uses minimally invasive skull base surgery capabilities to access hard-to-reach areas of the cranial base through small, precise openings in the skull (endoscopic skull base surgery), or through the nose (endonasal skull base surgery).