The multidisciplinary team of The Skull Base and Cranial Base Surgery Program at Mount Sinai provides expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors, vascular lesions, and trauma at the base of the brain. The emergence of the concept of an interdisciplinary surgical team, coupled with a better understanding of the complexities of cranial base anatomy, has led to new minimally invasive surgical techniques. The program provides a comprehensive, highly advanced treatment for lesions of nerve, blood vessel, and brain in the complex structures and remote recesses at the base of the skull.
Major advances include diagnostic and interventional radiology of this region, intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring, microsurgery, and anesthesiology related to surgery on the brain and on nerves and blood vessels associated with cranial base lesions. In addition, the development of the technique of microvascular free tissue transfer and its application to reconstruction of the cranial base now allows surgeons to treat previously inoperable lesions while restoring a patient's appearance and ability to speak and swallow.
The primary goal of the multidisciplinary team is to treat our patients safely while preserving quality of life. The reconstructive division plays an essential role in achieving this goal by offering patients the advantage of advanced reconstructive techniques, including microvascular free flap reconstruction, facial reanimation, mandible and maxillary reconstruction, dental restoration, prosthodontics, and a variety of speech and swallowing rehabilitation services. The reconstructive team is nationally recognized for its role in preserving form, function, and quality of life for patients who require both primary and secondary reconstruction.
Patients in The Skull Base and Cranial Base Surgery Program at Mount Sinai benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to care. They benefit from the insights from multiple experts, as we closely collaborate with esteemed physicians in other service areas at Mount Sinai including:
- Craniofacial surgery
- Microvascular reconstructive surgery
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)
- Otology and neuro-otology
Patients also benefit from specialists in the areas of:
- Interventional radiology
- Medical Oncology
- Physical Therapy
- Radiation Oncology
- Speech and Swallowing Therapy