Recent advances in craniofacial surgery have made possible procedures
to remove tumors that only a few years ago were considered inoperable.
Among the most dramatic of these is the surgery involving a facial
This major breakthrough is an application of craniofacial
surgery that has enabled neurosurgeons to reach inoperable or poorly
accessible tumors at the base of the skull.
Other techniques that combine the skill of the craniofacial surgeon and neurosurgeon include:
– A tumor involving the craniofacial area. Usually benign, it occurs
when normal bone-forming substance produces a form of fibrous connective
tissue. It may involve one or multiple bones. Any bone of the skull may
be involved. The dysplasia advances slowly, but may present danger to
vital areas such as the optic nerve or middle ear.
– Abnormal tissue growing from a nerve sheath. When present in the
craniofacial region, neurofibromas are most often found in or near the
orbits. Skin pigmentation, skeletal deformities and central nervous
system involvement may also be present.