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Dr. Selena Eldora Heman-Ackah, PhD, MBA, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
106 Irving Street Nw; Physician Office Building Suite 410 South Tower
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Selena Heman-Ackah is a medical specialist in otology and neurotology. These areas are among her clinical interests: skull base surgery and cochlear implant. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Heman-Ackah attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heman-Ackah honors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Cochlear Implant

Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology
50 Irving Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Michael Hoa works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist and otologist and neurotologist in Washington, DC. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Hoa completed his residency training at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoa include hearing loss, otosclerosis, and head surgery. Patients rated Dr. Hoa highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Washington DC VA Medical Center. Dr. Hoa welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Otosclerosis, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Acoustic Neuroma, Hearing Loss, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
50 Irving Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Hung Kim specializes in otology and neurotology and practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Kim (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation and Korean. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise include the following: hearing loss, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Washington DC VA Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Kim's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kim's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Otosclerosis, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Acoustic Neuroma, Hearing Loss, Cochlear ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite Ga4
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Timothy Deklotz is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In his practice, he is particularly interested in head and neck cancer surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Deklotz is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Dr. Deklotz's professional affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite G019
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Edward Aulisi is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. In addition to English, Dr. Aulisi (or staff) speaks Estonian, Zulu, and Min Nan. His areas of expertise consist of pituitary surgery, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Aulisi completed residency programs at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Children's National Medical Center, and George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Aulisi's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aulisi accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Pituitary Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, Brain Tumor, Neurosurgery, Pituitary Tumor

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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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