Skull Base Center
Skull Base Center
Tumors at the base of the skull make treatment highly complex. Hard to reach, these challenging tumors affect several areas of the body, from brain function and balance to speaking and swallowing. Home to the world’s foremost pituitary program, UVA offers the kind of world-class expertise skull base tumors require.
A Team of Experts
Our team is composed of specialists in:
- Head and neck surgery
- Sinus and skull base surgery
- Ear disorders (otology/neurotology)
- Pituitary disorders (endocrinology)
- Radiation oncology
They meet regularly to discuss your treatment plan to ensure you’re getting the best possible care. We also have a dedicated nurse practitioner who will work with you to manage multiple appointments and tests.
Targeting Skull Base Conditions
Neurological conditions that cause headaches, vision loss, hearing and balance issues not only cause pain and interfere with daily life, but often go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or treated with methods that only work halfway.
At UVA we use advanced technology to treat skull base tumors and other conditions with a level of accuracy that lets you avoid invasive, stressful surgery. Instead, we use:
- Minimally invasive procedures that allow tumor removal with less damage to the brain and surrounding structures
- Operating room monitors that assess the function of the nervous system, including facial nerve, auditory nerve, vocal cord and sensory and motor nerve monitoring, which minimizes complications during surgery
- Gamma Knife, for faster planning and treatment of complex tumors without invasive surgery
- Neurovascular surgery that uses minimally invasive stents to open blocked veins, relieve pressure in the brain and normalize blood flow, causing almost instant relief
View how we treat conditions in the skull base.
The Case of the Mysterious Headaches
What started off as six years of headaches worsened with odd sounds and vision loss. It turned out Devon Hendricks had pseudotumor cerebri.
Read how she found instant relief after a stent procedure at UVA.