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We found 7 providers with an interest in skull base surgery and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Stephanie Aster Joe, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Otolaryngology
1855 West Taylor Street; Eye and Ear Institute - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Joe is an allergist and ear, nose and throat specialist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Joe has a special interest in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, skull base surgery, and sinus problems. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas for residency.

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All Interests: Sinuplasty, Nose Surgery, Allergies, Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skull ... (Read more)

Dr. Miriam Irene Redleaf, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1855 W Taylor Street; Mc 648
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Miriam Redleaf is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In addition to English, Dr. Redleaf (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. Dr. Redleaf's areas of expertise include facial problems, hearing loss, and dizziness. She is professionally affiliated with Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa, Dr. Redleaf attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Redleaf honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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All Interests: Tinnitus, Dizziness, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Nerve Problems, Hearing ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Kuang-Huay Tanya, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 15-200
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Tan is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Tan's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and skull base surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Tan attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Tumor, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David B Conley, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter 15-200
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. David Conley is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Conley include sinusitis (sinus infection), skull base tumors, and sinus surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Conley honors. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Conley has an open panel.

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All Interests: Tumor, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Sinusitis

Dr. James P Chandler, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Neurosurgery
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 20-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. James Chandler's medical specialty is oncology (cancer care) and neurosurgery. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Chandler include endoscopic sinus surgery, spinal trauma, and gamma knife radiosurgery. Patients gave Dr. Chandler an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Chandler is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Orin Bloch, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 2210
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Orin Bloch works as a neurosurgeon. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bloch include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and skull base surgery. Dr. Bloch is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bloch accepts. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Meningioma, Traumatic Brain Injury, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Acoustic Neuroma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Alaraj, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology
1740 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ali Alaraj specializes in neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology and practices in Chicago, IL and Hinsdale, IL. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alaraj include cerebrovascular surgery, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Brain Aneurysm, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Carotid Artery Surgery, Endovascular ... (Read more)

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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.