Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery - download
Radim Lipina, Petr Matoušek at all, 360 pages,
New surgical techniques continually develop in all the surgical specialties. Some of them are subsequently dismissed, others develop and establish a new concept and aim of the surgical field. Transnasal endoscopic skull base surgery, as presented in this book, stands somewhere in the middle of this natural circle. The endoscopic technique itself, used in surgery, is not new to surgeons, and historically its principles have been known for more than 200 years. However, the special aspect is the target anatomical area of the endoscopic approach – the skull base.
The skull base tumours are a borderline issue of neurosurgery and otorhinolaryngology. The cooperation between neurosurgeons and otorhinolaryngologits, as it works in our hospital, has created an interdisciplinary field dealing with endoscopic treatment of skull base lesions. Other specialities including radiology, pathology, neurology, endocrinology, ophthalmology and oncology also play a significant role in diagnosis and treatment of the skull base tumours and their complications.
The aim of this publication is to give a comprehensive review on current knowledge, technical possibilities and our experience with endoscopic skull base surgery. Nowadays, some of the endoscopic techniques are considered to be standard procedures, however some of them are not generelly accepted yet and remain only an alternative to the classical surgical approaches.
The aim of our publication is not to convince the readers that all the skull base lesions should only be treated by the transnasal endoscopic technique. We are aware that the development of this technique is fast and its indications may change, especially concerning those lesions and techniques that are not yet generally accepted. We believe that the technical possibilities will further improve and enable widening of the spectrum of indications and that the book will soon become “out of date” in a good way.
We hope that the monography becomes a useful source of information not only for surgeons but also for cooperating specialists and nursing staff. We hope that it will contribute to development of the interdisciplinary cooperation that is the main moving force in this area and that the transnasal endoscopic technique will thus be available to as many patients as possible.