Our Approach to Transtemporal Skull Base Surgery
Stanford Health Care offers transtemporal skull base surgery to remove tumors that can affect the ears, upper neck, base of the skull, and surrounding blood vessels and nerves. Temporal bones are the temple on each side of your head and house the structures of your ears.
Our doctors are among the most experienced transtemporal skull base surgeons in the world. We have helped lead the development of this innovative technique and continue to research new advances. As a result, we can offer patients the most advanced transtemporal skull base treatment options, some not yet available anywhere else.
As with all surgical procedures that we perform, our goals with transtemporal skull base surgery are to achieve successful outcomes, minimize the risk of complications, help you recover quickly and safely, and enable you to enjoy the best possible quality of life.
WHAT WE OFFER YOU FOR TRANSTEMPORAL SKULL BASE SURGERY
- Extensive training and years of experience as an international leader in transtemporal surgical technique.
- Use of the transtemporal skull base approach to remove tumors and treat damage affecting the ears, upper neck, base of the skull, and surrounding vessels and nerves.
- An emphasis on avoiding facial nerve damage, preserving hearing, and minimizing the risk of injuring the brain.
- Complete, compassionate treatment from a multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals in our state-of-the-art clinic.
- Research programs exploring new advances in transtemporal skull base surgery, some that may not be available yet at any other center.
- Assistance from our International Medical Services team to plan your travel and accommodations.
What Is Transtemporal Skull Base Surgery?
Transtemporal skull base surgery is a technique that enables doctors to access the base of the skull through an incision around your ear.
Your doctor may recommend this approach to remove tumors that can affect the ears, upper neck, base of the skull, and surrounding blood vessels and nerves.
Among its potential advantages, the transtemporal approach gives surgeons access to the skull base with minimal movement of the brain.
The delicate nature of this procedure demands the collaboration of multiple Stanford specialists, such as neurosurgeons, otologists (focused on the ears), and head and neck surgeons.