Live EEA Surgical Broadcast Scheduled

Pittsburgh, January 8, 2021 -- The UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery will host a live broadcast from the UPMC Presbyterian operating room, Friday, February 5, showcasing the endoscopic endonasal skull base approach. The surgery will be performed by center co-directors Paul Gardner, MD, and Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA, with Eric Wang, MD, and Georgios Zenonos, MD, serving as moderators. 

The live broadcast—currently scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.—will be available through Zoom and will highlight key instrumentation involved in the procedure including the introduction of new ICG 4mm endoscopic technology.

The UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery is a world leader in minimally invasive brain surgery, developing new techniques, tools and approaches that have made it possible to access many tumors, regardless of size. Since 1997, almost 4,000 endonasal surgeries have been performed in adults and children, making the center one of the busiest centers in the world for the surgical treatment of tumors of the pituitary region and cranial base.

The center has been at the forefront of pioneering and developing the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA), an innovative surgical technique used to remove brain tumors and lesions—some as large as softballs—all through the nose. The center’s multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmic surgeons, and spine surgeons has developed and refined the EEA technique, establishing it as one of the most experienced EEA centers in the world.

Complete details about the broadcast and the case—as well as the Zoom meeting link—will be released soon and posted on the center’s website at www.skullbasecongress.com.

Interested viewers must register for the broadcast, but registration is free and available here.

Educational grant for this activity is provided by Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.

For more information, please contact Mary Jo Tutchko at tutchkomj@upmc.edu or by phone at (001) 412-647-8186.