By combining the expertise of the top skull base neurosurgeons and neurotologists with our reconstructive team, we provide novel approaches to complex cranial and skull base problems. Surgeries which require removal of tumors that will affect either head or facial appearance or the function of facial nerves are addressed in a multidisciplinary fashion. When possible, we remove tumors and repair resultant defects during the same surgery. Our surgeons have developed several unique techniques which have drastically decreased postoperative discomfort, length of hospital stay and overall recovery time in order to return patients as rapidly as possible to normal appearance and function.
We approach cranial and skull base tumors with input from experts in neurology, radiation therapy and medical oncology. This broad input allows us to fully assess all possible treatment options prior to considering surgery and to plan for physical, speech and other adjunct therapies which may be needed.
Some skull base tumors can affect facial nerve function either prior to or after treatment, resulting in facial weakness or even complete paralysis. Our treatment strategies are designed to restore or preserve this function to the fullest extent possible. However, if facial nerve function is compromised, our team combines re-innervation (reconnection of nerve signals) and muscle transfer techniques to return individuals to as near normal facial appearance and function as possible.
Conditions & Treatments
- Complex skull base and facial reconstruction
- Coordinated skull base/orbital resections via endoscopic and open approaches and novel reconstruction techniques
- Facial nerve and facial pain disorders
- Management of facial paralysis
- Meningiomas and acoustic neuromas
- Multidisciplinary management for facial nerve disorders and advanced facial reanimation techniques
- Skull base tumors
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Cleveland Clinic Center for Facial Reconstruction and Facial Nerve Disorders offers consultations at Cleveland Clinic main campus.
After you call to arrange an initial appointment with our team, one of our providers will reach out to you to perform a pre-visit intake. Please make arrangements to have copies of prior imaging, imaging reports, operative notes, laboratory studies, pathology reports, and consult notes available that you would like us to review prior to your appointment.
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