We found 4 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept EmblemHealth near East Setauket, NY.

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Dr. Frederick B Gutman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
24 Research Way; Suite 200
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Frederick Gutman sees patients in East Setauket, NY and Riverhead, NY. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Gutman's clinical interests include brain aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, and herniated disc. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College.

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All Interests: Radiculopathy, Cervical Dysplasia, Hydrocephalus, Herniated Disc, Brain Cancer, Compression ... (Read more)

Dr. Raphael P Davis, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
24 Research Way; Suite 200
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Rapheal Davis' area of specialization is neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Davis's clinical interests: brain aneurysm, pituitary tumor, and acoustic neuroma. The average patient rating for Dr. Davis is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davis takes. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Davis attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Radiculopathy, Cervical Dysplasia, Hydrocephalus, Herniated Disc, Brain Cancer, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael R Egnor, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
24 Research Way; Suite 200
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Michael Egnor, who practices in Riverhead, NY, Commack, NY, and East Setauket, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Egnor's clinical interests include spine tumor, neurosurgery, and spine surgery procedures. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Dr. Egnor was profiled in New York Magazine s Best Doctor s issue in 2005, The Bobby Polange Story ..

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Herniated Disc, Brain Cancer, Craniosynostosis, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Chesler, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
24 Research Way; Suite 200
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. David Chesler's area of specialization is pediatric neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, spine surgery procedures, and herniated disc. He honors several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Dr. Chesler graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland.

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All Interests: Lobectomy, Removal of Lesion, Hydrocephalus, Endoscopic Surgery, Spina Bifida, Herniated Disc, ... (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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