Penn Otorhinolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

Cranial Base Surgery/Skull Base Surgery Treatments & Services

The Penn Center for Skull Base Surgery offers state-of-the-art neurosurgical evaluation and treatment of tumors of the head, neck and face, as well as other complex skull base disorders.

Patients have access to the latest therapies, including:

  • Advanced microscopic, laser and ultrasonic techniques
  • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques
  • Proton therapy
  • Restorative and reconstructive facial and skull base surgery

Gamma Knife®

Penn Medicine is among the few centers in the country treating benign and malignant tumors of the anterior, middle and posterior skull base with Gamma Knife radiosurgery, one of the most precise, powerful, and proven treatments for brain disorders.

The Gamma Knife is a highly advanced machine that delivers a powerful dose of radiation to a precise target in the brain. Patients experience little or no discomfort during the procedure. Patients usually go home the same day, and are generally able to resume normal activities almost immediately.

Learn more about Gamma Knife at Penn

Proton Therapy

Penn's Roberts Proton Therapy Center is the largest and most comprehensive proton therapy center in the world.

Proton therapy is external beam radiotherapy in which protons are directed at a tumor. The radiation dose that is given through protons is very precise, and limits the exposure of normal tissues. This allows the radiation dose delivered to the tumor to be increased beyond conventional radiation. The result is a better chance for curing cancer with fewer harmful side effects.

Learn more about proton therapy for skull base tumors

Gamma Knife and Leksell Gamma Knife are U.S. federally registered trademarks of Elekta Instrument S.A., Geneva, Switzerland.