Course Description

The course goal is to provide a breadth of knowledge of microsurgical anatomy of the skull base and provide an opportunity to practice surgery at this difficult location (the orbit, cavernous sinus, middle fossa and temporal bone).  This will improve the neurosurgeon’s surgical technique with complicated tumors. Nationally recognized experts will lecture and teach hands on dissections in a state-of-the-art lab facilities.  The design is to focus on the surgical treatment of tumors in the skull base, as well as provide opportunities to practice surgical techniques in the hands-on cadaver lab. 

Needs Statement

Neurosurgeons are typically uncomfortable with the lateral skull base and temporal bone.  The review of the surgical anatomy will allow them to be better surgeons and understand what is possible when operating on patients with complex tumors involving the orbit, middle fossa, and temporal bone. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss the anatomy of the cavernous sinus & orbit.
  • Practice neurosurgery at the cavernous sinus & orbit.
  • Provide an overview of the anatomy of the middle fossa.
  • Practice neurosurgery of the middle fossa.
  • Provide an overview of the indications & difficulties of occipital surgical fusions.
  • Practice surgery for occipital cervical fusions.
  • Examine the anatomy of the lower clivus & vertebral-basilar junction.
  • Practice surgery to expose lesions of the lower clivus & vertebral-basilar junction.
  • Address the complex anatomy of the temporal bone.
  • Practice surgery of the temporal bone: translabyrinthine approach.
  • Describe the extension of the translabyrinthine approach for larger lesions of the clivus.
  • Practice the petrosal craniotomy for larger lesions of the clivus.
  • Question, compare and examine the different techniques and approaches to skull base procedures.