Review some of the most commonly asked questions about Craniotomy:

  1. What is Craniotomy?
  2. Which Conditions Can Benefit From Craniotomy?
  3. What is the Recovery After Craniotomy?

What is Craniotomy?

Craniotomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a portion of the skull to access the brain.

Which Conditions Can
Benefit From Craniotomy?

A craniotomy is commonly performed to treat conditions such as brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformations and epilepsy. The procedure is most often performed under general anesthesia and involves making an incision in the scalp, usually behind the hairline. A piece of the skull is removed to allow the surgeon to access the brain. After the surgery, the skull piece is replaced and secured with screws or plates and the incision closed. In most patients, once the healing process is complete there will be little to no visible scar.  

What is the Recovery After Craniotomy?

The typical recovery time after a craniotomy is several days to weeks, depending on the patient’s overall health and the type of procedure performed. During this time, patients may experience symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and nausea, but these symptoms usually subside as the body heals. It’s important for patients to follow their doctor’s instructions for a successful recovery after a craniotomy.

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