FAQ - Minimally Invasive Pituitary and Skull Base Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - Minimally Invasive Pituitary and Skull Base Center

What is skull base surgery?
The skull base is where your skull meets your brain, face and neck. Tumors and diseases that arrive in the neck, nose, sinuses, face and brain can involve this area. Because of the critical nature of the structures nearby, surgery in this area requires careful coordination of the otolaryngologist, neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and hematologic oncologist.

How long will I be in the hospital?
There is a wide range of stays based on type of tumor, location of tumor, and type of surgery that needs to be performed. For endoscopic approaches to the pituitary, a patient will typically stay in the ICU for several days. For more extensive procedures, these stays are longer, while others are done on an outpatient basis.

What is an inverted papilloma?
An inverted papilloma is a benign tumor that can occur in the nose and sinuses. It can be mistaken for nasal polyps, which are not tumors and may be found at the time of routine sinus surgery. Although benign, inverted papillomas will continue to grow over time, and can become progressively more challenging to remove. Additionally, they may have the potential to transform into cancer (5-10% rate) which can become life-threatening.

Bimal Rami, MD
6535 N Charles St, Suite #600
Baltimore, MD 21204
 Marc G. Dubin, MD, FACS
6565 N Charles St, Suite #601
Towson, MD 21204

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