Colloid Cyst in New York, NY

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What is a Colloid Cyst?

A colloid cyst is a benign, fluid-filled growth located in the third ventricle of the brain, and it may require surgical treatments, like shunt placement, craniotomy, endoscopic craniotomy, or simply observation. Filled with proteinaceous fluid, colloid cysts are not considered "true" brain tumors but are categorized as intraventricular tumors, which can sometimes cause symptoms necessitating intervention. These cysts can interfere with the proper balance and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, which normally nourishes and cushions the brain and spinal cord. Colloid cysts are usually attached to the roof of the third ventricle or to the choroid plexus, both vital areas for fluid and blood circulation, and their obstruction can cause hydrocephalus and increased intracranial pressure, leading to potentially serious or even life-threatening consequences. Representing 15 – 20% of all masses in the ventricles, colloid cysts are a significant concern in brain health and require proper evaluation and treatment by Dr. Raymond Sekula at his office in The Neurological Institute of New York in New York, NY.

How is a Colloid Cyst Treated?

Dr. Sekula utilizes sophisticated surgical techniques to provide the best possible treatment for colloid cysts, tailoring the approach to each patient's unique situation. Advances in microsurgery now allow some small cysts to be removed through a minimally invasive procedure called endoscopic craniotomy using an endoscope to perform resection through a burr hole made behind the hairline. Traditional and endoscopic craniotomies involve draining the colloid filling and resecting the cyst wall and remnants, usually resulting in a cure; hydrocephalus typically resolves after total removal, though a shunt may be needed temporarily.

I had a wonderful follow-up visit with Dr. Sekula. He was able to spend time with me explaining more about my surgery and what made it unique. He has been a wonderful and supportive care provider.

K.W. Google

I suffer from trigeminal neuralgia since 2012. I seen many surgeons, some in New York and CT which truly never gave me a straight forward answer about my condition. Unfortunately, I did not tolerated meds for it and I suffer w it for many years. Last year it aggravated to a point that life stop making sense. While searching for a surgeon I read a story of a young man on his page w a similar story of feeling no way out but Dr. Sekula change his life. I can say the same, the surgery he did took away the trigeminal pain. I am in disbelief of how I don’t have any pain whatsoever. Dr. Sekula changed my life. my family as myself have so much gratitude. I highly recommend Dr. Sekula to anyone who is suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. Now I can enjoy life to the fullest w the people I love.

E.C. Google

Dr. Sekula performed MVD on my mother who has been suffering ftom trigeminal neuralgia for several years now. Quick surgery and a recovery with no complications. Knowledgable and passionate doctor.

K.C. Google

Dr. Sekula did surgery on my wife and he was caring, understanding and came by before and after surgery which does not always happen. He is a wonderful surgeon and he is a compassionate doctor. We don’t know the results of the surgery yet, but he made my wife feel as if he will keep on trying until we get the issue corrected. Caroline is great and supports you every step of the way. I can’t speak highly enough about Dr. Sekula and his team.

M.Z. Google

I suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia 8 years ago. Prior to diagnosis my dentist thought it was because I needed a root canal. 1 Root canal and tooth extraction later, it seemed to have gone, but then returned. I begin to see a neurologist and I was then treated with drugs. It seemed to mitigate, but I would get intense flare ups periodically. Life relocated us to Pittsburgh, where upon I did some research on the UPMC website. I was quickly pointed to Dr. Sekula and an appointment was made. Dr. Sekula met with me and quickly and recommended the vascular decompression. I was quickly set for surgery. The result was immediate. No flareups, or anything in the last 5 years. This was life changing surgery for me. Dr. Sekula has subsequently moved on to Columbia University and wish him the best. You could not be in better hands for this condition.

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Timely intervention and expert care are crucial if you have been diagnosed with a colloid cyst. At Dr. Raymond Sekula's office in The Neurological Institute of New York, our skilled team will utilize the most advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive options, to provide the best possible outcome. From careful observation to precise surgical intervention, we customize our approach to your specific situation. Reach out to Dr. Sekula today to schedule a consultation in New York, NY.

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