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

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

Dr. Rudolph Schrot is a neurosurgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schrot include neurosurgery. Dr. Schrot is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Schrot attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for 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. Dr. Ciricillo's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery and neurosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Ciricillo performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the distinction of 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's specialty is pediatric neurology. Dr. Chez has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chez's office for an appointment. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency.

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

Dr. Nalini Chandra's medical specialty is pediatric neurology. Dr. Chandra has indicated that her clinical interests include neurological disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Chandra average 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chandra's office for an appointment.

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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.