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Expertise in Minimally Invasive, Endoscopic Procedures

Surgeons at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware perform advanced procedures on the skull base, or the bottom of the head, and sinuses. Families come here for our expertise in precisely removing tumors and other growths and making repairs in this delicate area, even in the tiniest babies.

Whenever possible, our team uses endoscopic approaches that involve tiny instruments and tubes with cameras inserted through the nose or mouth. This method can mean fewer, smaller, and hidden cuts. It can also mean better results and a faster recovery.

Nemours Children’s is at the leading edge of pediatric endoscopic skull base surgery. In fact, our surgeons collaborate with Jefferson Health’s Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience  team. The same team that’s renowned for developing new tools and techniques in use today.

Our surgeons are part of award-winning Nemours programs in neurosurgery, oncology, otolaryngology (ENT) and more. You can trust your child gets the highest level of surgical expertise and support.

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Conditions & Treatments

Aneurysmal bone cysts 

a noncancerous growth in the bone

Cerebrospinal fluid leaks 

a leak of the liquid that delivers nutrients to the brain and spinal cord, that also helps cushion and protect them

Chordomas 

tumors along the spine

Craniopharyngiomas

brain tumors near the pituitary gland, a tiny organ at the base of the brain that makes hormones that regulate growth

Dermoid tumors

tumors made up of hair and sweat glands

Encephaloceles 

when the bones of the skull don’t close completely, brain tissue and fluids bulge out through an opening in the skull

Fibro-osseous lesions 

a group of growths on the jaws, face or skull that are made up of tissues that are hard like bones

Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas 

noncancerous tumors in the nasopharynx, where the airways in the nose and mouth meet

Meningiomas 

tumors on the lining of the brain

Meningoceles 

a sac that contains spinal fluid protrudes from a gap in the spine

Pituitary tumors

tumors on the pituitary gland

Sarcomas 

cancers of the connective tissue, which hold the body’s tissues and organs together

Teratomas 

tumors made up teeth, bone, muscle or hair

Recognized Experience in Precise Operations

Our surgeons are known for skill and experience in the rarest and most complex cases. That’s why we’re part of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson Health, teaching tomorrow’s experts in pediatric skull base surgery.

  • We’re a top-rated hospital. Ours is one of the top-rated hospitals for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, and cancer care, according to U.S. News & World Report  rankings.
  • We use advanced equipment. We use the latest computer navigation systems during surgery. This gives us better views and ability to perform precise procedures.
  • Our approaches offer better outcomes. Minimally invasive surgery often means a shortened hospital stay, faster recovery, less pain, less scarring, fewer complications, and less chance to damage other parts of the brain.
  • You can stay close by. If you’re coming in from out of town, your family has access to a Ronald McDonald House  located on-campus. This can help make your visit more convenient and affordable.
  • Top 50 We’re ranked for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, and cancer care
  • 11 Specialists on our team
  • 10+ Specialties we work with

Unmatched Interventional Radiology Expertise

We’re part of the largest pediatric interventional radiology (IR) program in the country. With teams in the Delaware Valley and in Florida, we work across the miles to care for even the most complex conditions. IR can in certain cases help us treat children without surgery.

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