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Streamlining patient’s treatment at BCNC with our multidisciplinary team of surgeons

Modern surgical management of complex problems relies ever-increasingly on a team-based approach, with surgeons from different specialties bringing their skills and experience together to optimise outcomes. 

We at BCNC adhere strongly to the concept of the multidisciplinary surgical team, and believe that when it comes to complex surgery, ’two heads are often better than one’

Here at the Brisbane Clinical Neuroscience Centre, this is very apparent in our multi-disciplinary management of patients with pituitary tumours and tumours of the area known as the ‘skull base’ – commonly vestibular schwannomas and meningiomas in often tricky-to-reach areas of the cranial cavity.

Management of these conditions can be complex and involves neurosurgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons and often radiation oncologists and endocrinologists. We have all of these bases covered here at BCNC, providing a seamless journey for the patient through their diagnosis and treatment.

Often, from a surgical perspective, this involves our ENT specialist Dr. Bowman working in conjunction with one of our neurosurgeons to tackle a pituitary tumour, or to remove a vestibular schwannoma (also known as an acoustic neuroma).

By adopting a team approach we are able to provide the best surgical access to the pathology, with the lowest risk of complication and the most efficient surgical procedure.

In pituitary tumour surgery for example Dr. Bowman typically employs an endoscopic trans-nasal approach to reach the pituitary gland, then provides the endoscopic guidance and visualisation for the neurosurgeon to remove the tumour.

Similarly, removal of a vestibular schwannoma is commonly optimised by an approach through the bones of the skull that house the vestibular system – the realm of the ENT skull base surgeon – which provides the optimal exposure for the neurosurgeon to remove the tumour without disturbing the brain.

We at BCNC adhere strongly to the concept of the multidisciplinary surgical team, and believe that when it comes to complex surgery, ’two heads are often better than one’ – it provides the best care and the optimal outcomes for our patients.

If you have any questions about your condition and our services, you can contact us here to consult specialists today.

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