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Bruce K. Tan, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Otolaryngology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 15-200 Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Tan is a general practitioner and ear, nose and throat specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and skull base surgery. Dr. Tan is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Tan attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tan's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Miriam I. Redleaf M.D.
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
average rating 2.7 stars (6 ratings)
1855 West Taylor Street; 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Miriam Redleaf's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Redleaf (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. Dr. Redleaf's areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, hearing loss, and dizziness. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Redleaf is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Redleaf trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Redleaf accepts.

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

Stephanie A. Joe M.D.
Specializes in Allergy, Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
average rating 3.12 stars (2 ratings)
1855 W. Taylor Street; 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Joe's specialties are allergy, facial plastic surgery, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She practices in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Joe include eyelid surgery, facelift, and skull base surgery. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas for residency. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Nose Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate Repair, Chin Surgery, ... (Read more)

Orin Bloch, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Neurosurgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 2210
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Orin Bloch is a general practitioner and neurosurgeon in Chicago, IL. Dr. Bloch speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and skull base surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Bloch attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Bloch honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brain Tumor, Meningioma, ... (Read more)

James P Chandler, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Oncology, Neurosurgery
average rating 3.45 stars (14 ratings)
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 20-250 Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. James Chandler is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in general practice, oncology (cancer care), and neurosurgery. His clinical interests include endoscopic sinus surgery, gamma knife radiosurgery, and skull base surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Chandler completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Chandler is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chandler takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Head Injury, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Cervical Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Alaraj M.D
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology
1740 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ali Alaraj specializes in neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology. 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. His areas of expertise include the following: cerebrovascular surgery, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. Dr. Alaraj honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).

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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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