Imagine a tiny pea at the bottom of a bowl of Jell-O. Now, imagine trying to remove that pea without disturbing the Jell-O around it. That’s how Rashid Janjua, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Drew Plonk, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center describe the precision required to remove pituitary tumors at the base of the brain.
Now, new tools and technology are allowing Janjua, Plonk and other surgeons at Wake Forest Baptist to remove these and other skull base tumors even more precisely without having to make an incision on the head. They are able to perform brain surgery through the nose.