In a procedure unique to Israeli medicine, a congentital tumor was successfully removed through the nasal passage leaving the skull intact.

This multi-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat and Head & Neck Surgery) was the first of its kind for the medical center.

 

 

18 year-old man arrived to the medical center due to the benign tumor in the base of his skull, an area which houses the pituitary gland which controls all the glands of the body.

The youth was otherwise healthy, but for the congenital tumor which was pressing the gland, disrupting its proper function and causing headaches and visual disturbances.

 

 

Professor Jean Sustiel, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery:

"In the distant past, these surgeries were performed through a large incision in the skull, which was the only way to approach to the skull base, which left large scars, complications of infections and other functional damages.

 

 

With the advancement of surgical procedures, doctors are now able to gain more convenient access through the nose but the process still involves significant trauma to the nasal tissues. "


Dr. Ohad Ronen, who recently joined the
Otolaryngology Department of the medical center, performed the surgery in conjunction with Prof. Sustiel and the tumor was successfully removed. After just one day the patient was released home.

 

 

Dr. Eyal Sela, director of the Otolaryngology Department, "For several years, technological improvements within the area of navigation and endoscopic instrumentation has enabled this type of surgery at a limited number of medical centers.

This operation was made possible by the close cooperation between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Otolaryngology, and allows tumor resection without excessive scarring, wound healing, pain or discomfort, and with very short hospitalization and recovery time."

 

 

Those at the medical center now hope that the expanded capabilities will not only be a service to the people of the north of Israel, but another integral step on the way to becoming another Level 1 Trauma Center for the State of Israel.