Comparison of Anesthetic Management and Outcomes in Patients Having Either Transnasal or Transoral Endoscopic Odontoid Process Surgery.
J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2017 Feb 20. Epub 2017 Feb 20.
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN.
Background: Endoscopic neurosurgical procedures involving the upper cervical vertebrae are challenging due to a narrow operating field and close proximity to vital anatomical structures. Historically, transoropharyngeal (transoral) endoscopy has been the preferred approach. More recently, however, an endoscopic transnasal approach was developed as an alternative method in hopes to reduce postoperative dysphagia, a common complication following transoral neurosurgery. Read More