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Acoustic Neuroma and Skull Base Surgery

Written by Silverstein Institute
Published: 13 Oct 2016

Screen_Shot_2016-10-13_at_11.13.06_AM.pngDiseases 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. 

Combinations of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy may all be options. The team meets regularly to discuss complicated cases and develop treatment plans and protocols individualized to each patient's needs and conditions.

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).  
The following tumors and disorders can be successfully treated:

Acoustic Neuromas
-Craniofacial/Sinus Tumors 
-Sinus and Nasal Cancers
-Salivary Gland Tumors 
-Temporal Bone Cancers 
-Sino-nasal Undifferentiated Cancinoma (SNUC)
-Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
-Olfactory Neuroblastoma
-Facial Nerve Paralysis
as well as many others.  
Please review this link for more information on this renowned program, which is one of the few in the United States with a multi-disciplinary surgical team experienced at performing such complex procedures.  The Silverstein Institute physicians are proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System on the skull base surgery and acoustic neuroma program.

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