We found 7 providers matching 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 W. Taylor Street; Eye and Ear Institute, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Joe works as an allergist and ear, nose and throat specialist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise consist of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, skull base surgery, and sinus problems. Dr. Joe takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas.

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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 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). Patient ratings for Dr. Redleaf average 2.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Redleaf include facial problems, hearing loss, and dizziness. She is professionally affiliated with Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Redleaf takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Redleaf (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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

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

Dr. David Conley specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Conley's medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Conley include sinusitis (sinus infection), skull base tumors, and sinus surgery. Dr. Conley is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Tan works as an otolaryngologist. These areas are among Dr. Tan's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and skull base surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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

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. Dr. Chandler's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic sinus surgery, spinal trauma, and gamma knife radiosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Chandler's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bloch include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and skull base surgery. Dr. Bloch is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Bloch speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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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 is a neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology specialist. He speaks Arabic. These areas are among Dr. Alaraj's clinical interests: cerebrovascular surgery, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Before performing his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Alaraj attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Alaraj 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.