We found 7 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Coventry HSA near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Prithvi Narayan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Prithvi Narayan's specialty is neurosurgery. His education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Narayan include hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy, and spina bifida. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, Healthfirst, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Narayan is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Spinal Cord Tumor, Spasticity, Brain ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Suzanne Moldenhauer, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) in Philadelphia, PA. Her clinical interests include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Moldenhauer attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Moldenhauer's distinctions include: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Storm accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Storm graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nahla Khalek, MPH, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among her clinical interests: hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Khalek honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Mark Paul Johnson, MS, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnson include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Johnson is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnson honors. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Gregory George Heuer, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Heuer specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Heuer attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Heuer is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy Surgery, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor

Dr. Shih-Shan Lang Lang, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen is a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Chen's medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery - University of Pennsylvania; Fellowship grant CP Angle Endoscopic - Microvascular Decompression - Karl Storz; and Enfolded Fellowship in endoscopic skull base neurosurgery - University of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Aneurysm, Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Stroke, ... (Read more)

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What is Hydrocephalus?

Normally, the brain is bathed in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions and nurtures the brain cells as it flows around and through the brain. Sometimes, cerebrospinal fluid does not get reabsorbed into the body properly, or a blockage in the brain can stop it from flowing. This causes a buildup of pressure called hydrocephalus. This condition affects a wide range of people, but it is much more prevalent among infants and older adults. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and blurred vision, and eventually may cause brain damage.

Hydrocephalus is most often treated with an implanted device called a shunt. A shunt is a long, thin tube that is used to drain excess fluid. One end is placed within the brain. The tube runs under the skin, along the neck behind the ear, and to another part of the body where the fluid can be reabsorbed. Most often this is the abdomen, but the chest or other areas can also be used. Shunts have a valve that allows doctors to monitor and control the pressure within the brain. Insertion of a shunt is a surgical procedure that takes one to two hours. Incisions are made in the head and the abdomen, and the shunt is threaded into place before the openings are stitched closed.

In cases where hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage, a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV, may be performed. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a dime-sized hole in the skull and uses a thin tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) to see inside the brain. The surgeon punctures a hole in the floor of the third ventricle, a fluid-filled space within the brain. The hole provides an opening for cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the blockage, normalizing pressure. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can often go home the following day. ETV can provide a permanent and safe alternative to a shunt, but it is only useful for patients whose hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage.

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