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Dr. Miriam I Redleaf, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1855 West Taylor Street; Eye and Ear Institute (eei), 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Miriam Redleaf's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Clinical interests for Dr. Redleaf include facial problems, hearing loss, and dizziness. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Redleaf (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Stephanie Joe is an allergy, facial plastic surgery, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Chicago, IL. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas, Dr. Joe attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joe include eyelid surgery, skull base surgery, and cleft lip and palate repair. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Sinuplasty, Nose Surgery, Allergies, Cleft Lip and Palate ... (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 Chicago, IL physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and skull base surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Tan attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In his practice, Dr. Conley focuses on sinusitis (sinus infection), skull base tumors, and sinus surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Conley trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Conley has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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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; Galter 20-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. James Chandler works as an oncologist and neurosurgeon. His clinical interests include endoscopic sinus surgery, spinal trauma, and gamma knife radiosurgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chandler takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 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. His practice is open to 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 practices neurosurgery in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Bloch include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and skull base surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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). He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bloch welcomes 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's specialties are neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology. He practices in Chicago, IL and Hinsdale, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: cerebrovascular surgery, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Alaraj performed his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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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.

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