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Dr. Badih Adada - Accomplished Neurosurgeon
Dr. Badih Adada - Accomplished Neurosurgeon

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What Is Skull Base Surgery?

A neurosurgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Badih Adada has extensive expertise in skull base surgery. In the course of his career, Dr. Badih Adada has partnered with leading doctors in the field, including Harvard lecturer and surgeon Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty.

Skull base surgery deals with abnormalities on the underside of the brain, base of the skull, and topmost vertebrae, and can be used to diagnose and remove both benign and malignant growths. Conditions for which skull base surgery may be required include aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, vascular decompression, and jugular foramen tumors. An MRI or cerebral angiogram is often used to diagnose the condition prior to surgery.

Skull base procedures once required a craniotomy, but today, surgery on the skull base is often done using minimally invasive endoscopy, wherein the instruments are inserted through the nose (trans-nasal) or mouth (trans-oral). A small hole may also be made above the eyebrow (supra-orbital). Thanks to these modern methods, patients have less risk of infection and damage to the brain and nerves, shorter periods of recovery, and less likelihood of disfigurement.
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Movement Disorders Treated at the UAMS Neurology Clinic


A neurosurgeon possessing more than 20 years of medical experience, Dr. Badih Adada has served at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston since 2012. Specializing in movement disorders, deep brain stimulation, skull base and vascular neurosurgery, and epilepsy surgery, Dr. Badih Adada was responsible for establishing the Movement Disorders Surgery Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he worked as a professor and chief of pediatric neurosurgery.

At the UAMS neurology clinic, doctors assess and treat patients suffering from disorders that cause tremors, difficulty walking, and involuntary physical movement. A team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, and radiologists work alongside physicians in other fields to develop an effective and multidisciplinary course of action. The following are just three of the debilitating conditions treated at UAMS:

- Essential tremor: A neurological disorder causing rhythmic shaking of the limbs, body, or voice, essential tremor (ET) is sometimes mistaken for Parkinson’s disease. ET is often treated with anti-seizure medication or botox injections.

-Hemifacial macrosomia (HFM): Individuals with HFM are born with the condition, which results in one side of the face being underdeveloped. Treatment of HFM depends on the age of the patient and the severity of the condition, but may include reconstruction or correction of the jaw, or removal and repositioning of the teeth.

- Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP): A condition that affects the brain, PSP is a rare disorder that affects balance and the eye muscles, resulting in difficulty walking and impaired vision. Generally, PSP affects older individuals (late middle age and on), primarily men. No medication exists to treat PSP specifically, though drugs prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s, as well as physical therapy, may improve balance, and special eye wear can aid eyesight.
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