Meningioma in New York, NY

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What is a meningioma?

At the office of Dr. Raymond Sekula in New York, NY, understanding and treating the brain and spinal cord are of utmost importance. These critical organs are shielded by a protective membrane called the meninges, composed of three layers: the dura mater, the arachnoid membrane, and the pia mater. Meningiomas are tumors that stem from this tissue, particularly from the arachnoid membrane's cells. Although typically benign and slow-growing, meningiomas can sometimes be malignant, invading the surrounding brain tissue. These tumors are relatively common, constituting 15 – 20% of all primary brain tumors, and they can appear anywhere on the meninges. They seem to be most frequent in middle-aged women. For anyone seeking treatment for meningiomas or needing more insights into their diagnosis, Dr. Sekula, at his office in The Neurological Institute of New York, is a globally recognized expert in minimally invasive neurosurgery, offering various effective approaches to handling these tumors. Reach out to our team to learn more.

How is a meningioma treated?

If a tumor is small and lacks symptoms, Dr. Sekula may simply observe it instead of treating it right away, but in cases where treatment is needed, surgery is usually the initial step for meningiomas. Dr. Sekula utilizes the supraorbital keyhole approach for olfactory groove meningiomas and anterior clinoidal meningioma surgeries. Most meningiomas are benign and rarely invade surrounding brain tissue. Complete removal often leads to a cure, although some may be challenging to fully remove, particularly near vital structures at the skull's base. Meningiomas may recur even after complete resection, and once removed, a microscopic examination can determine the risk of recurrence and guide further treatment. Research is ongoing into treatments affecting hormonal involvement, though chemotherapy has not yet shown benefits for patients with meningiomas.

Dr Sekula is an amazing surgeon. He removed a brain tumor from me two years ago. It couldn’t have gone better. I would not want anyone else working on me.

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Dr Sekula is an amazing human and a very skilled Surgeon /took time to explain everything I was recommended by a patient of his and she was so right / He removed a meningioma with a minimally invasive technique no complications He recommended a different procedure for me but if I need surgery He will be my surgeon.

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How does the size and location of a meningioma affect the symptoms it causes?

The size and location of a meningioma directly influence the symptoms experienced by the patient. Larger tumors, or those located near critical areas of the brain, can cause more severe and noticeable symptoms. For example, a meningioma pressing against the optic nerve might lead to vision problems, while one near the frontal lobe could affect cognitive functions and personality. Tumors in the cerebellum might affect coordination and balance. Smaller tumors or those in less critical areas might remain asymptomatic and undetected for years.

Can lifestyle changes impact the progression of a meningioma?

While lifestyle changes cannot cure a meningioma, they can help manage symptoms and improve overall health, potentially influencing the progression or the individual's resilience against the tumor. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can enhance physical and mental well-being, which is beneficial for someone managing a chronic condition like a meningioma. Stress management techniques can also be crucial, as stress may exacerbate symptoms like headaches and cognitive difficulties.

Is there a link between meningiomas and other neurological conditions?

While meningiomas are primarily isolated conditions, their presence and the symptoms they cause can intersect with other neurological disorders. For instance, seizures caused by meningiomas might complicate pre-existing epilepsy. Cognitive symptoms might exacerbate dementia in older patients. Additionally, the stress and psychological impact of having a meningioma might trigger or worsen conditions like depression or anxiety disorders.

What supportive care options are available for individuals living with a meningioma?

Supportive care for individuals with meningioma might include a range of services designed to improve quality of life and manage symptoms. Physical therapy can help maintain mobility and function if the tumor affects physical coordination or strength. Occupational therapy is useful for adapting daily activities and work tasks to accommodate cognitive or physical limitations. Psychological counseling and support groups offer emotional support and coping strategies. Pain management specialists can also play a critical role in controlling headaches and other discomforts associated with the condition.

How do family members typically contribute to the care of someone with a meningioma?

Family members are often integral to the care and support of individuals with meningioma. They can assist with daily tasks that become challenging due to physical or cognitive impairments. Attending medical appointments and providing emotional support are critical roles they often play. Family members can also help monitor the effectiveness of treatments and watch for any changes in symptoms, ensuring timely medical intervention when necessary. Additionally, they can facilitate communication between medical professionals and the patient, advocating for the best possible care.

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