Leaders in the Treatment of Skull Base & Pituitary Tumors

The Skull Base and Pituitary Program aligns neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, neuroradiologists and endocrinologists to provide a level of comprehensive care unsurpassed in our community.
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Hoag’s Comprehensive Program for Pituitary & Skull Base Tumors

The program focuses on combining the latest advanced and emerging technology with minimally invasive techniques in order to offer the best possible outcomes to patients with these rare and complex tumors. The majority of these surgeries are done through tiny incisions or using naturally occurring orifices such as the nostrils. 

Since 2015, Hoag is one of a few hospitals in the country to use the Precision Virtual Reality® medical visualization platform by Surgical Theater. Combining fighter jet flight simulation technology with medical imaging scans such as MRI and CT, the technology creates a 360-degree virtual reality reconstruction of a patient’s two-dimensional scan. This provides a more in-depth look as well as allows Hoag’s neurosurgeons to “rehearse” their approach prior to surgery.

Dr. Louis, Empower360 Endowed Chair in Skull Base and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, has been at the forefront of the development and implantation of virtual reality and augmented reality guidance for neurosurgery and beyond. The Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute remains the only center in California and ranks as the second-highest volume center in the nation to use augmented reality in neurosurgery.

Hoag Skull Base & Pituitary Tumors Program Overview

Tumors near the pituitary gland can be life altering. Fortunately, recent advancement in minimally invasive approaches have revolutionized this specialized field of neurosurgery. Hoag's cutting-edge technologies increase quality of life and care for its patients.

Revolutionizing Prep for Brain Surgery

Hoag recently became Orange County's first and only hospital to treat neurosurgery patients using the same sophisticated software platform that powers today’s highly immersive and realistic computer games.

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Hoag’s team consists of physicians who have specialized training in skull base and pituitary tumors. They are experts in minimally-invasive, successful surgeries.

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Everyone needs help at different times in life, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your care team at Hoag. We’ll help find fast answers to your questions before, during, and after your treatment.

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