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We found 4 providers with an interest in skull base surgery and who accept Aetna Medicare near Washington, DC.

Dr. Selena Eldora Heman-Ackah, PhD, MBA, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
106 Irving Street Nw; Physician Office Building Suite 410 South Tower
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Selena Heman-Ackah is an otologist and neurotologist. Dr. Heman-Ackah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Her areas of clinical interest consist of skull base surgery and cochlear implant. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Heman-Ackah attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heman-Ackah honors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Cochlear Implant

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology
50 Irving Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Michael Hoa specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and otology and neurotology. Dr. Hoa's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include hearing loss, otosclerosis, and head surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Washington DC VA Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Hoa attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

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All Interests: Otosclerosis, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Hearing Loss, Neck Surgery, Cochlear Implant, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Practice, Otolaryngology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite Ga4
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Timothy Deklotz specializes in general practice and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Deklotz include head and neck cancer surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery. Dr. Deklotz is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Deklotz completed a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deklotz honors. Dr. Deklotz is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

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Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
3800 Reservior Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Hung Kim specializes in otology and neurotology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include hearing loss, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Kim takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kim completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation and Korean. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Washington DC VA Medical Center. Dr. Kim is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Otosclerosis, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant, Cholesteatoma

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What is Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is a procedure done to access and remove tumors or other lesions at the bottom of the skull, upon which the brain rests. To avoid injuring the brain, skull base lesions are reached from the side or underneath the skull. Skull base surgery is often used to treat tumors, but it is also used for arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), a condition in which blood vessels become tangled, and congenital anomalies, or conditions present from birth.

Depending on the region of the skull base in which the lesion is located, the types of surgery that can be performed include:

  • Anterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the area above the eyes and behind the nose. Tumors of the anterior skull base include paranasal sinus tumors, pituitary tumors, and meningiomas, which develop in the tissue between the skull and the brain.
  • Middle skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the region behind the eyes around the pituitary gland. Tumors of the middle skull base include meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and cholesteatomas, which are skin growths that occur in the ear.
  • Posterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions around the brainstem and cerebellum. This is the region near where the brain meets the spinal cord. Tumors of the posterior skull base include meningiomas and acoustic neuromas, which develop on a nerve connecting the ear to the brain.

Surgery can be performed with a minimally invasive or open approach. Open skull base surgery requires a craniotomy, which is a surgical drilling of the skull done to expose and access the lesions. The hole or holes in the skull are replaced following surgery. Minimally invasive approaches include endoscopic skull base surgery, which uses a thin tube (endoscope) inserted through the nose, mouth, or an opening made above the eyebrow. Open surgery is usually reserved for larger lesions that cannot be removed endoscopically.

Following your operation, you may require monitoring or testing. Depending on the type of procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days or up to a week, and it can take anywhere from a few days or weeks (for minimally invasive approaches) to months (for open approaches) before you can return to your normal activity level.