What is a Meningioma?

The meninges is a protective layer of three membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. A meningioma is a tumor that arises from the meninges, typically the arachnoid layer (middle layer). These tumors are often slow-growing and, though usually benign, they can cause symptoms depending on their location, size, and impact on the surrounding neurologic structures. The exact cause of meningiomas is not fully understood, but certain genetic mutations or hormonal influences may contribute to their development.

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Why Choose Virginia Neurosurgeons in Arlington?

At Virginia Neurosurgeons, our commitment to excellence and innovation shines brightly in the realm of meningioma treatment. Founded in Arlington in 2001, we have evolved into the largest, well-established independent neurosurgical group in Northern Virginia. As leaders in the field, our surgeons bring forth a wealth of experience, having cared for over 30,000 patients from across the United States and beyond. Our dedication to academic-level neurosurgical care, coupled with an ethical and compassionate approach, sets us apart. We pride ourselves on understanding the unique neurologic factors involved, offering the highest-quality, advanced treatments tailored to each patient's needs. Whether surgery is indicated or not, our goal remains unwavering—to provide meaningful, patient-centered care that preserves and restores neurologic function, ultimately improving the quality of life for those we serve.

Do I Need Meningioma Treatment?

While most meningiomas are benign (non-cancerous) and may never need treatment, sometimes these tumors can grow or behave more aggressively, pressing on or invading important brains, spinal cord, or nerve tissue, causing swelling, neurologic symptoms, or seizures.  In these cases, it is important to seek an expert opinion at Virginia Neurosurgeons for the best surgical treatment options.

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Indications of a Possible Meningioma

Because a meningioma can affect a wide variety of brain functions depending on where it is located, there can be an equally wide variety of effects that can also be shared with other neurological conditions. The diagnosis step will confirm if a meningioma is at the root of symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Memory loss
  • Weakness or numbness in the limbs
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Speech difficulties
  • Loss of smell

Meningioma Treatment at Virginia Neurosurgeons 

At Virginia Neurosurgeons, our expert surgeons have a proven track record of positive surgical outcomes for our patients.  Using minimally invasive approaches, intra-operative stereotactic image guidance, and advanced neuromonitoring and brain mapping techniques, we offer the state of the art meningioma care.  Our comprehensive approach begins with a thorough consultation and examination. We employ advanced imaging techniques to precisely identify and characterize the meningioma. This meticulous diagnostic process ensures a precise understanding of the meningioma's relationship with the underlying sensitive neural tissue.   If our surgeons recommend removal of the meningioma, we will walk you through the process step by step.

Preoperative Evaluation:

  • Thorough patient assessment, including medical history and diagnostic imaging studies.
  • Specialized imaging techniques such as MRI to precisely visualize the meningioma and its relationship to the neural tissue.

Anesthesia and Positioning:

  • Administration of anesthesia to ensure the patient is asleep and comfortable.
  • Careful positioning of the patient to optimize access to the surgical site.

Incision and exposure:

  • Using intra-operative navigation, the surgeon plans and makes an incision to expose the area of the skull overlying the meningioma.


  • A small piece of bone is temporarily removed from the skull (craniotomy) to gain access to the tumor. 

Dural Opening:

  • Gently opening the protective covering of the brain (dura) to access the tumor.

Meningioma Resection:

  • Using image guidance and meticulous microsurgical dissection, the surgeon removes the tumor carefully to avoid injury to the underlying neural tissue.


  • The small piece of bone re-attached to the skull and precise closure of the surgical site using advanced suturing techniques ensures minimal scarring and optimized healing.

Postoperative Monitoring:

  • Careful monitoring in the intensive care unit for immediate postoperative care.
  • Regular follow-up appointments to track progress and address any concerns.
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Discuss Your Case in a Personal Consultation and Learn more about Meningioma Treatment 

If you're experiencing symptoms that could be indicative of a meningioma, schedule a consultation at Virginia Neurosurgeons. One of our experienced neurosurgeons can discuss diagnosis and potential treatment options. Your well-being is our top priority, and we're here to provide the expert care you deserve. Take the first step towards a solution by contacting us today.

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