Meningioma Specialist

Acadiana Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons located in Lafayette, LA

Both benign and malignant meningiomas can cause serious complications and even become life-threatening. At Acadiana Neurosurgery, patients from Lafayette, Louisiana, and the surrounding region receive customized, patient-centered care for optimal outcomes based on their specific needs.

Meningioma Q & A

What is a meningioma?

A meningioma is a slow-growing tumor that develops on the meninges, the tough membrane that covers and protects the brain and the portion of the spinal cord that’s just inside the skull. Meningiomas are almost always benign, and they’re the most common type of tumor to form in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Atypical meningiomas are not considered benign or cancerous, but they may become cancerous (malignant) over time. The few meningiomas that are malignant tend to grow much more rapidly, sometimes spreading to other areas of the brain and the lungs. Although the underlying cause of meningiomas is not known, exposure to radiation is a risk factor. People with an inherited disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2 are also at greater risk. Meningiomas sometimes are found in areas where scarring or fractures have occurred. Meningiomas are more common among women than men, and a few studies suggest a link between meningioma formation and the hormone progesterone.

What are the symptoms of meningiomas?

Meningiomas often cause no symptoms until and unless they grow large. When symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • headache
  • numbness
  • weakness in the legs or arms
  • vision problems
  • speech problems
  • seizures

Some symptoms depend on the location of the meningioma and which area of the brain it’s pressing on. Large meningiomas can be life-threatening.

How are meningiomas treated?

Once a meningioma has been identified with diagnostic imaging such as an MRI or CT scan, a biopsy may be performed to obtain a small tissue sample to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant. Tumors that are not causing symptoms are usually observed with regular brain scans to monitor their growth. When tumors cause symptoms or when their growth threatens the patient’s health, surgery can be performed to remove the tumor or radiosurgery may be used to shrink or destroy the tumor with targeted radiation delivered through the skin without incisions. Radiation may also be used in combination with surgery when parts of the tumor cannot be surgically removed.

Major Insurance Provides Accepted

At Acadiana Neurosurgery, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We will be happy to submit a claim for our services to these plans as well as Medicare, with which we are a participating provider. Please remember that insurance is only a method of reimbursing the patient for fees paid to the doctor – it is not a substitute for payment. Some insurance companies pay fixed allowances for certain procedures and others pay a percentage of the charge. It is your responsibility to pay any deductible, co-insurance or any balance not paid by your insurance company. We do accept Visa, American Express and MasterCard for your convenience.

Aetna
BCBS
Beech Street
Cigna
GEHA
Gilsbar
Great West
Multiplan PHCS
United Healthcare
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