We found 4 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Tadanori Tomita, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
201 E. Huron; Suite 12-240
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tadanori Tomita is a specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Tomita's education and training includes medical school at Kobe University School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His areas of expertise include the following: stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), spine tumor, and neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Tomita speaks Japanese. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Spine Tumor, Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin Marie Bowman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
225 East Chicago Avenue; Box 28
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robin Bowman's specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: neurosurgery, hydrocephalus, and neonatal surgery. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Bowman performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bowman's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Neonatal Surgery, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Neurosurgery

Dr. Tord D Alden, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
201 E. Huron; Suite 12-240
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tord Alden specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Alden's areas of expertise include the following: spinal deformity, neurosurgery, and spasticity. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Alden has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Spinal Deformity, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Brachial Plexus Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert H Engelhard III, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1740 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Herbert Engelhard practices neurosurgery in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Engelhard obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Cervical Spine Problems, Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Problems, Spinal Cord Tumor, ... (Read more)

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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.