SKULL BASE SURGERY
A 360º approach to the skull base
The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has a comprehensive Skull Base Surgical service that combines the expertise of sub-specialty fellowship trained specialists from Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology supported by a talented reconstructive team. Led by Dr Ryan Sommerville, the Skull Base Surgery team manage a high number of benign and malignant skull base disorders.
SUPPORT SKULL BASE CANCER RESEARCH
If you would like to support research into skull base cancer at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, you can do so via the RBWH Foundation. Click here to donate via the RBWH Foundation website.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CASE MANAGEMENT
The treatment paradigms of the RBWH Skull Base team are based on multi-disciplinary case discussion meetings at the RBWH. This includes members of the surgical, radiology, oncology, and pathology teams.
Dr’s Sommerville, Papacostas and Alexander are also members of the Qld Skull Base Unit -- a monthly meeting of the skull base teams of the PA Hospital and the RBWH. This team approach results in the best outcome for the patient.
ANTERIOR AND LATERAL SKULL BASE
Our team have the capability to assess and treat all manner of skull base disorders including open and expanded endoscopic approaches to anterior skull base and sinonasal lesions, plus also open lateral approaches. This includes cerebellopontine angle and meningioma surgery, petrous apex and clival surgery, and approaches for the infratemporal fossa and also advanced head and neck cancer that has spread to the skull base either directly or via perineural spread – a true 360 degree approach to the skull base.
The RBWH Skull Base Unit is heavily involved in research aimed towards improving outcomes for their patients. Current projects include:
Assessing markers for aggressiveness in advanced skin cancer that involves the skull base with QIMR-Berghofer
High end MRI imaging collaborative projects between the RBWH Imaging department, the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) and the Centre of Advanced Imaging (CAI) at UQ
Multi-disciplinary management of complicated skull base cancers