Management of skull base disorders remains a significant challenge in the modern surgical era. The compact and vital anatomy of the region, including proximity to the brain, eye and major blood vessels, adds to the treatment dilemma.
The Rush Center for Skull Base Surgery provides innovative, multidisciplinary care for this specialized patient population. Physicians from subspecialties of otorhinolaryngology and neurosurgery collaborate closely with radiation oncology, medical oncology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, neuroradiology, interventional radiology and pathology to coordinate care.
Specialists affiliated with the program are recognized national experts in their respective fields. They use the latest of open and endoscopic techniques to deliver advanced surgical solutions for skull base disorders. Cases are reviewed at a monthly skull base conference to formulate an individualized treatment plan. A full spectrum of rehabilitative services are available with speech and hearing services, physical therapy, pain management and nutrition services to maximize postoperative recovery.
Skull base experts at Rush have access to the most advanced technologies to deliver care for skull base pathology. Intraoperative image guidance systems with CT and MR imaging are utilized to improve the ability to precisely remove tumors while minimizing disruption of surrounding structures. The Rush radiosurgery program has access to TrueBeam STxTM, a state-of-the-art non-invasive platform for treating wide range of malignancies and other potentially debilitating conditions. They also has access to image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) using TomoTherapy.
Skull base surgeons also take an active role in the education and research arenas. They have published extensively in the field and routinely present at national and international meetings on the latest advances in skull base surgery. They have also been on the forefront of educating their peers in these surgical techniques through delivering formal continuing medical education courses. The team is also committed to education of residents and fellows to elevate the care of patients afflicted by skull base conditions.
- Acoustic neuroma
- Adenoid cystic carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Cerebrospinal fluid leak (CSF leak)
- Cholesterol granuloma
- Endolymphatic sac tumors
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Glomus tumors
- Inverted papilloma
- Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
- Neurofibromatosis II
- Pituitary tumors (pituitary adenoma)
- Sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma
- Sinus and skull base tumors
- Sinus and skull base cancer
- Minimally invasive microsurgery
- Endoscopic skull base surgery
- Lateral skull base surgery
- Craniofacial resection
- State-of-the-art technology for delivery of radiation therapy
- TrueBeam STxTM radiosurgery
- Image guided radiotherapy
- Ancillary services
- Sleep language pathology
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Nutrition services