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John Leonetti MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
average rating 4.66 stars (3 ratings)
2160 S First Avenue; Maguire Center 1870
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. John Leonetti's medical specialty is otology and neurotology. These areas are among Dr. Leonetti's clinical interests: bell's palsy, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Leonetti average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Leonetti has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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All Interests: Otosclerosis, Tinnitus, Deafness, Bell's Palsy, Ruptured Eardrum, Facial Paralysis, Implantable ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Joseph Thorpe M.D.
Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Eric Thorpe is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Hines, IL and Maywood, IL. Patient ratings for Dr. Thorpe average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thorpe include skull base surgery, thyroid surgery, and head and neck reconstructive surgery. His professional affiliations include Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Thorpe is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency.

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All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Skin Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Parathyroid Surgery, Head and Neck Reconstructive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sam Marzo's specialty is otology and neurotology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marzo include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and ruptured eardrum. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace North. Dr. Marzo is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Matthew Lowell Kircher M.D.
Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Matthew Kircher is an ear, nose and throat specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kircher include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and skull base tumors. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Kircher attended Rush Medical College for medical school. 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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All Interests: Tinnitus, Deafness, Ear Infection, Cochlear Implant Surgery, Bell's Palsy, Ruptured Eardrum, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Chirag Patel specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Maywood, IL. Dr. Patel is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. These areas are among his clinical interests: chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and nasal congestion (stuffy nose). Dr. Patel is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Sinus Cancer, Nasal Congestion, Skull Base Tumors, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Alaraj M.D
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology
120 North Oak Street
Hinsdale, 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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