Brain Tumor/Skull Base Surgery
Brain tumors that form in the base of the skull are located where the head and neck meet. This area contains many nerves, blood vessels and glands. Therefore, tumors in this area can affect functions such as vision, hearing, speech and ability to swallow.
Skull base surgery is a highly specialized field and requires a multidisciplinary team to provide the optimal care to patient with disorders of the skull base.
At Loma Linda, the Department of Neurosurgery’s neurosurgeons collaborate with interventional radiologists, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, and oromaxillofacial surgeons to offer comprehensive treatment for skull base conditions. Plans are individualized to patient needs and are designed to lower the risk of infection, avoid disfigurement and reduce damage to cerebral structures and nerves. More importantly our integrated approach ensures that patients recover quickly and feel whole again.
Our expert team of neurosurgeons offers consultation to thoroughly review patients’ medical histories and diagnostic data in order to carefully select patients for potential surgery.
We perform a wide range of minimally invasive and open spine procedures, including:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACD&F)
- Cervical laminectomy with or without fusion
- Cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement
- Lumbar laminectomy and discectomy
- Lumbar fusion, including anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
The most common procedures we perform related to the scalp, skull, and brain include:
- Craniotomy for resection of adult and pediatric tumors
- Craniotomy for treatment of vascular lesions (aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations)
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Endoscopic skull base surgery (example, transsphenoidal resection of pituitary tumors)
- Epilepsy surgery
- Ventriculoperitoneal shunts for hydrocephalus
- Carotid artery stenting for carotid stenosis
- Coiling of cerebral aneurysms
- Embolization of arteriovenous malformations
Peripheral Nerve Procedures
- Carpal tunnel release
- Peroneal nerve decompression
- Ulnar nerve decompression