About the Wisconsin Chiari Center
Incapacitating headaches, dizzy spells, blurred vision, vague pains, foggy thought processes and years of incorrect diagnoses. This is the world of people with unrecognized and untreated Chiari malformation. For you, Chiari malformation is not a “rare congenital disease,” it is your life. It may not be a life-threatening disease, but it is a disease that is threatening the quality of your life.
At The Wisconsin Chiari Center, we are dedicated to helping discover the cause of your symptoms and developing a treatment plan that will improve your quality of life — all with the least possible risk to you. We know that no two patients are the same. Led by neurosurgeon Dr. Dan Heffez, the team at The Wisconsin Chiari Center will create a treatment plan geared to your specific situation.
The Wisconsin Chiari Center Mission
The mission of The Wisconsin Chiari Center is to advance the diagnosis, understanding of and treatment of the Chiari 1 malformation and related disorders through the collaboration of neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists as well as cardiologists, rheumatologists, physiatrists, gastroenterologists, electrophysiologists and urologists.
Our number one priority is the compassionate and respectful evaluation of patients who suffer from the numerous symptoms that comprise the Chiari syndrome.
We seek to identify the most likely cause or combination of causes of these symptoms in any given patient, be it the Chiari 1 malformation, cervical stenosis, syringomyelia, tethered spinal cord, POTS.
We seek to develop a treatment plan that offers the greatest benefit to the patient with least possible risk. If the patient’s quality of life has been improved we have done our job.
Our mission is also to learn from our experience so that we may contribute to the education of the medical community regarding these disorders in the hope of eliminating delay in diagnosis and treatment in the future.