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Orbitozygomatic Craniotomy

What is an orbitozygomatic craniotomy?

The orbitozygomatic craniotomy is a traditional skull base approach used to target difficult tumors and aneurysms. It is based on the concept that it is safer to remove extra bone than to unnecessarily manipulate the brain.

The orbitozygomatic craniotomy involves making an incision in the scalp behind the hairline and removing the bone that forms the contour of the orbit and cheek. This bone is replaced at the end of surgery. Temporarily removing this bone allows surgeons to reach deeper and difficult parts of the brain while minimizing severe damage to the brain.

Types of brain tumors treated with the orbitozygomatic craniotomy:

Brain tumors that may be treated with orbitozygomatic craniotomy include:

The orbitozygomatic craniotomy is typically used for those lesions that are too complex for removal by more minimally invasive approaches.

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