We found 6 providers matching skull base surgery near Maywood, IL.

Dr. Matthew Lowell Kircher, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Matthew Kircher's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Kircher include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and skull base tumors. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kircher honors. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Kircher's professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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All Interests: Inner Ear Perfusion, Tinnitus, Tumor, Deafness, Ear Infection, Cochlear Implant Surgery, Bell's ... (Read more)

Dr. John P Leonetti, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
2160 S First Avenue; Maguire Center 1870
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. John Leonetti sees patients in Maywood, IL and Wheaton, IL. His medical specialty is otology and neurotology. Patients rated Dr. Leonetti highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Leonetti include bell's palsy, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Leonetti attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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All Interests: Otosclerosis, Inner Ear Perfusion, Tinnitus, Tumor, Deafness, Bell's Palsy, Ruptured Eardrum, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sam J Marzo, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
2160 S 1st Avenue; Maguire Center 1870
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Sam Marzo is a specialist in otology and neurotology. He works in Maywood, IL and Oakbrook Terrace, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marzo include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and ruptured eardrum. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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All Interests: Inner Ear Perfusion, Deafness, Cochlear Implant Surgery, Bell's Palsy, Ruptured Eardrum, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Joseph Thorpe, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Eric Thorpe is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Thorpe has indicated that his clinical interests include skull base surgery, thyroid surgery, and head and neck reconstructive surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thorpe's professional affiliations include Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Facial Paralysis, Skin Cancer, Throat Cancer, Skull Base ... (Read more)

Dr. Chirag Rajan Patel, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Chirag Patel works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and nasal congestion (stuffy nose). He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Nasal Congestion, Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Tumor, Septoplasty, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Alaraj, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology
120 N Oak Street; Department of Radiology
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Ali Alaraj is a neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alaraj include cerebrovascular surgery, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. Dr. Alaraj is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Alaraj is affiliated with 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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