Jefferson neurosurgeons are leading the way with the region's largest volume of craniopharyngioma patients. Although considered benign, this tumor arises in the extremely delicate area between the optic nerves, pituitary gland, and the brain. The standard treatment involves an invasive neurosurgical procedure which can damage vision or the hypothalamus resulting in visual loss and a number of hormonal problems. The surgery can even render patients unconscious. Hospital stays can extend for weeks in typical cases.
Through the marriage of imaging technology, computer image guidance technology, and minimally invasive endoscopic approaches, our neurosurgeons, collaborating with the otolaryngologists (ENT doctors) can safely and completely remove these tumors through the nose without external incisions. Hospital stays have been cut to two or three days and patients recover uneventfully, returning to work before patients undergoing conventional surgery have even left the hospital.
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