Neuro-oncology and Skull Base Surgery

Brain tumor and base-of-skull surgery specialists.

Our neuro-oncology team at Palmetto Health is dedicated to understanding and treating brain tumors and base-of-skull tumors, utilizing the latest endoscopic, minimally invasive techniques. We have neurosurgeons who specialize in complex skull base surgery for patients with brain tumors.

Our care team

Multidisciplinary approach

At Palmetto Health-USC Neurosurgery, we believe in the multidisciplinary team approach when diagnosing and treating both malignant and benign tumors of the brain and base of the skull. Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons are highly specialized and dedicated to finding the most minimally invasive techniques possible.

Additionally, we incorporate the expertise of physicians from otolaryngology, occuloplastic surgery, ophthalmology, radiation oncology and endocrinology. This collaboration leads to precise evaluations and better outcomes for our patients.

Skull base surgery

Skull base surgery is employed when a tumor is located at the base of the skull, the underside of the brain or the upper vertebrae of the spinal column. These are complicated areas that involve the utmost care and precision when being treated.

Our neurosurgeons approach either from underneath or from the side of the tumor or aneurysm. The shorter surgical pathway results in less brain disturbance compared to more invasive procedures. Recovery time can also be quicker and complications fewer with this approach.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Awake crainiotomy
  • Brain tumors
    • Astrocytoma
    • Brain stem tumors
    • Glioma
    • Meningioma
    • Pituitary tumors
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Clivus chordoma
  • Encephalocele
  • Motor mapping
  • Skull lesions
  • Speech mapping
  • Spinal tumors

Acoustic neuromas

Acoustic neuromas are benign tumors that develop on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. As the tumor grows, it presses against the hearing and balance nerves.

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