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We found 6 providers with an interest in skull base surgery and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 100/1000 near Maywood, IL.

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

Dr. Matthew Kircher specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Kircher attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kircher include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and skull base tumors. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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 is an otologist and neurotologist. Dr. Leonetti's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonetti honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Leonetti attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Leonetti has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Otosclerosis, Inner Ear Perfusion, Tinnitus, Tumor, Deafness, Bell's Palsy, Facial Paralysis, ... (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 physician who specializes in otology and neurotology. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and cochlear implant surgery. Dr. Marzo is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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

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

Dr. Eric Thorpe is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Hines, IL and Maywood, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of skull base surgery, thyroid surgery, and head and neck reconstructive surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Thorpe graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Thorpe completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thorpe takes.

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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 is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Maywood, IL. Dr. Patel 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. His areas of expertise include the following: chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and nasal congestion (stuffy nose). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Patel is professionally 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 neurosurgeon and interventional neuroradiologist. His areas of expertise include cerebrovascular surgery, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. Dr. Alaraj is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Alaraj speaks Arabic.

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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.