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

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

Dr. Tadanori Tomita works as a pediatric neurosurgeon. He attended Kobe University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for residency. Dr. Tomita's areas of expertise include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), spine tumor, and neurosurgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Tomita is conversant in Japanese. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Tomita is accepting 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. She has indicated that her clinical interests include neurosurgery, hydrocephalus, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Bowman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bowman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bowman is accepting 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 sees patients in Chicago, IL and Westchester, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Alden's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His areas of expertise include spinal deformity, neurosurgery, and spasticity. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alden accepts. Dr. Alden's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a neurosurgery specialist in Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include spinal cord tumor, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Engelhard attended Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Engelhard is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.

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