A Chiari malformation is a rare condition in which the tissue of the lower part of the back of the brain called the cerebellum extends through the foramen magnum, the opening at the bottom of the skull, down into the spinal canal. Most Chiari malformations are present at birth and caused by abnormal development of the skull, although they usually become symptomatic in adolescence or adulthood. Our doctors and surgeons here at Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists are widely regarded as some of the nation’s leading Chiari malformation experts, providing patients from Atlanta, GA, and the surrounding areas with comprehensive surgical care.
There are several types of Chiari malformations. The most common is type 1, which usually occurs when the base of the skull and spine do not form correctly during prenatal development. Surgery is often the only potential treatment for type 1 malformations. Patients with type 2, type 3, and type 4 malformations may also require surgery, depending on the specifics of their diagnoses. As a result, finding a skilled neurosurgeon is often crucial for obtaining much-needed symptom relief.
Having specialized in brain surgery for years, our team here at Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists is widely regarded as some of the leading Chiari malformation surgeons in the Atlanta area. Using advanced, minimally invasive techniques, we can decompress the brain stem and create more space for the patient’s brain tissue by widening the base of the skull. This, in turn, can provide significant symptom relief for the most common Chiari malformation symptoms, which include:
- Hearing issues
- Balance issues
- Loss of coordination
- Light sensitivity
- Difficulty swallowing
- Rapid, involuntary eye movement
- Syringomyelia (fluid-filled cysts in the spinal cord)
Our team is staffed with board certified neurological surgeons and highly experienced in endoscopic surgical techniques. Our approach emphasizes finding the safest and least invasive options possible, and helping each patient make the best decisions for his or her unique needs.
To learn more about Chiari malformation surgery at Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists of Atlanta, GA, contact us today.