We found 4 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Fort Worth, TX.

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Gregory Ward MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Gregory Ward's medical specialty is general practice, family medicine, and neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Ward's clinical interests: intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), lamina procedures, and meningioma. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Neurostimu ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
Average rating 1.25 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 610
Ft. Worth, TX

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bhambhvani attended L.T. Municipal Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Azle, and Texas Health Cleburne. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, Aneu ... (Read more)

Dr Sreekumaran Nair MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
Average rating 3.62 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
915 S Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He speaks Malayalam. Clinical interests for Dr. Nair include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis ... (Read more)

Ricardo Cristobal MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
923 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal specializes in otology and neurotology and practices in Fort Worth, TX. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cristobal include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care. He attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cristobal is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Bone Problems, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, Ear Problems ... (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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