Chiari Malformation in New York, NY

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What is a Chiari malformation?

Chiari malformations are congenital defects where the lower part of your brain, specifically the cerebellum that controls balance, presses through an opening in the base of the skull into the spinal canal. Typically, the cerebellum and parts of the brain stem sit above this opening called the foramen magnum, allowing the spinal cord to pass through. When part of the cerebellum extends below this opening into the upper spinal canal, it is classified as a Chiari malformation. This abnormality may develop if the skull is smaller than normal or misshapen, consequently pressing on the brain and forcing the cerebellum into the spinal canal. The resulting pressure on the brain stem and spinal cord can obstruct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, the clear liquid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord. Understanding and addressing these malformations are vital for maintaining neurological health in the affected area. For more information about Chiari malformations and treatment options, contact Dr. Raymond Sekula at The Neurological Institute of New York in New York, NY.

How Is Chiari Malformation Treated?

Dr. Sekula offers a unique and highly effective treatment option for Chiari malformation that sets him apart from other providers. For suitable candidates, Dr. Sekula specializes in minimally invasive suboccipital decompression, C1 laminectomy, and expansile allograft duraplasty through a one-inch incision utilizing intraoperative monitoring, including somatosensory evoked potentials. These procedures result in less surgical trauma, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery times.

It's important to consult with Dr. Sekula to determine if you're an ideal candidate for suboccipital decompression surgery. Factors such as the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and previous medical history will be considered. Personalized treatment plans are formulated to address each patient's unique needs.

Dr. Sekula is AMAZING! I had surgery 13 years ago for a Chiari Malformation. I have had so much relief even 13 yrs. later. He is very kind, caring, and an extremely talented Dr. I highly recommend him!

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He is the best!!!! Had surgery for Chiari Malformation and I was bad but he Dr.Sekula made me a new person. He did an awesome job. I only have a small cut and its been about 2 months with no recurring symptoms. He is my angel. I was at so many drs. Thank You Dr. Sekula.

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Dr. Sekula is an amazing doctor. I was seen by 14 different doctors and each told me my symptoms were stress related. My family doctor ordered an MRI and found that I had a chiari malformation. 7 years ago I went to Dr. Sekula and he was wonderful. I only had a 1 inch incision and was in the hospital 1 night. I would highly recommend him! He has excellent bedside manner and truly cares about his patients.

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Dr. Sekula, It’s now been 11 weeks since my MVD surgery….to say that it has changed my life is an understatement at best. Suffering with this affliction for 4 years had been devastating. When I found out you were moving to NYC, I knew it was meant to be that I would have my MVD surgery with you. As your very first patient at Columbia with my January 2022 virtual appointment, I promised to send before and after photos as you requested! I finally feel emotionally ready to do so. Hitting the jackpot with 2 disorders, HFS and Chiari malformation meant there was a possibility that surgery would have to be stopped if there was no room for you to reach the offending nerve/blood vessel compression causing my Hemifacial Spasm. Thankfully, because of you, that was not the case, and surgery was successfully completed. It’s actually hard now to remember the spasms as I have not had a single one since I woke up post surgery. It wasn’t until 4 AM the morning after my surgery that I realized my face was “quiet”, the best feeling ever. Thank you for changing my life with this surgery, it is such a joy to be able to smile again and look people in the eye without worrying about my face. I feel so very fortunate to have found you and even happier that you moved to NYC, so close to where I live! With warmest regards, S.G.

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Explore Effective Treatment Options for Chiari Malformations

If your child has been diagnosed with Chiari malformations, or if you notice symptoms that concern you, don't wait to seek professional medical advice. Dr. Raymond Sekula can provide comprehensive care tailored to your child's unique needs at his office in The Neurological Institute of New York. Understanding and addressing Chiari malformations is vital for preserving neurological health, and the proper treatment can significantly improve quality of life. Reach out to Dr. Sekula's practice today to schedule a consultation.

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