Performing more than 100 Expanded Endonasal Endoscopic Skull Base surgical operations at King Saud
Neurosurgery Unit and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Unit surgical team have successfully performed complex skull base surgeries with endoscopes through the nose to remove the skull base tumors. The start of this type of operation began in 2014 in the Kingdom.
The head of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Medical City, Dr. Saad Al-Saleh, explained that these operations are different from the traditional ones by avoiding external wounds and opening the skull in addition to the speedy recovery and exit after the procedure with fewer complications. He mentioned that more than 100 operations had been performed to remove the complex skull base tumors using endoscopes during the past years. He added that this type of complex operation is one of the Middle East's rare surgical operations.
Dr. Al-Saleh emphasized that this mentioned number does not include the usual cases of pituitary tumors and the repair operations for Cerebrospinal fluid from the skull base using endoscopes performed periodically in the Medical City and other centers in the Kingdom and the Middle East.
For his part, the supervisor of the Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Dr.Abdul Razzaq Ajlan, explained that the program has contributions to enriching neurosurgery fellowships in the ear, nose, and throat in both clinical and research terms, and this comes in line with the Kingdom's vision 2030 in preparing and developing human competencies and health services in this subspecialty.
The team consisted of an associate professor and the supervisor of the Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Abdul Razzaq Ajlan, an associate professor and the head of the Otolaryngology Department Dr. Saad Al-Saleh, an assistant professor and the supervisor of the Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Ahmed Al-Roqi, and an assistant professor in the Otolaryngology Department. Dr. Saud Al-Rumaih, and Assistant Professor in the Otolaryngology Department, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rasheed. The team is working to perform complex skull base operations with endoscopes of cases referred from all over the Kingdom with high success rates.