We found 4 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Health Net Seniority Plus Ruby near Sacramento, CA.

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Dr. Rudolph J Schrot, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; #500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Rudolph Schrot works as a neurosurgeon in Sacramento, CA and Fairfield, CA. His clinical interests include neurosurgery. Dr. Schrot's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schrot honors. Dr. Schrot's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for his residency.

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Dr. Samuel F Ciricillo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; Suite 500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Ciricillo is a pediatric neurosurgeon. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Ciricillo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ciricillo studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: Sacramento Super Doctors.

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Dr. Michael Gene Chez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1625 Stockton Boulevard; Suite 104
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Michael Chez is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In his practice, Dr. Chez focuses on neurological disorders. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chez is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Nalini Chandra, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1625 Stockton Boulevard; Suite 104
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Nalini Chandra sees patients in Sacramento, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric neurology. Dr. Chandra's areas of expertise include neurological disorders. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Chandra is accepting new patients.

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What is Hydrocephalus?

Normally, the brain is bathed in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions and nurtures the brain cells as it flows around and through the brain. Sometimes, cerebrospinal fluid does not get reabsorbed into the body properly, or a blockage in the brain can stop it from flowing. This causes a buildup of pressure called hydrocephalus. This condition affects a wide range of people, but it is much more prevalent among infants and older adults. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and blurred vision, and eventually may cause brain damage.

Hydrocephalus is most often treated with an implanted device called a shunt. A shunt is a long, thin tube that is used to drain excess fluid. One end is placed within the brain. The tube runs under the skin, along the neck behind the ear, and to another part of the body where the fluid can be reabsorbed. Most often this is the abdomen, but the chest or other areas can also be used. Shunts have a valve that allows doctors to monitor and control the pressure within the brain. Insertion of a shunt is a surgical procedure that takes one to two hours. Incisions are made in the head and the abdomen, and the shunt is threaded into place before the openings are stitched closed.

In cases where hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage, a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV, may be performed. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a dime-sized hole in the skull and uses a thin tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) to see inside the brain. The surgeon punctures a hole in the floor of the third ventricle, a fluid-filled space within the brain. The hole provides an opening for cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the blockage, normalizing pressure. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can often go home the following day. ETV can provide a permanent and safe alternative to a shunt, but it is only useful for patients whose hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage.

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