Minimally Invasive Microscopic Surgery of the Lateral Skull Base

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Minimally invasive microscopic surgery of the lateral skull base

The development, in collaboration with Professor DRAF (Fulda), of precise instruments for endonasal skull base surgery has enabled KARL STORZ to further contribute to the development of minimally invasive surgery. Thus, it becomes possible to treat tumors or other lesions of the anterior base of the skull through the endonasal pathway without the need for wide access. As a result, also in the surgery of the base of the skull, the maximum possible sparing intervention is provided with a sufficient view for the operating neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon monitors the process of the operation performed by him using endoscopes with different viewing directions and diameters. Thanks to an innovative optical system, these endoscopes provide specialists during surgery with an even sharper and brighter image than before.

The forceps are characterized by extra thin jaws of various curvatures, different shapes (round spoon, oval spoon, oval micro-spoon, cut through, Blakesley, Blakesley, extra sharp), and different lengths (15 and 18 cm). The hand instruments are equipped with a new round handle for better tip balance and a secure grip. This enables precise positioning of the respective instrument during neurosurgical operations, even in difficult anatomical conditions.

Such a variety of instruments makes the work of the neurosurgeon operating less laborious. These instruments can also be used in FESS surgery and are thus versatile.