Skull Base Treatment Options

Leksell Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Suite

Skull base surgery patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center can rest assured that they are receiving the best care possible. UT Southwestern is recognized as one of the world’s premier neurological surgery centers with a state-of-the-art intensive care unit.

Our physicians have extensive experience in the latest minimally invasive techniques that have revolutionized the field of skull base surgery. Many formerly inoperable tumors can now be reached using a telescope through the patient’s nasal passages without the need for facial incisions. Surgery can be performed with minimal brain manipulation, thus decreasing complications and preserving normal neurologic and facial function.

The Skull Base Program also specializes in the removal of tumors involving the ear, brain, and lateral skull base. We offer innovative lateral skull base approaches using the latest in image guidance and microsurgical techniques. Our goal is tumor removal with preservation of normal function.

To properly treat skull base disorders, physicians from otorhinolaryngology (head and neck surgery), neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, and pathology coordinate the care and treatment of patients. Cases are presented at a monthly skull base conference to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.

Our physicians can make precise preoperative plans through imaging with high-definition magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanners. Image guidance technology is used to achieve precise surgical goals.

In addition, our program offers:

  • Cyberknife (stereotactic body radiation therapy)
  • Gamma Knife
  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Ancillary services such as audiology, vestibular testing and rehabilitation, and facial nerve rehabilitation