Craniotomy

Craniotomy is a surgical process of removing a bone flap (a section of bone) from the skull by using the specialized tools. The bone flap is removed for a temporary period to perform the brain surgery.

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The symptoms that indicate the requirement of a Craniotomy are:

  • Infections
  • Abscesses
  • Brain cancer
  • Cerebral edema
  • Bleeding

The diagnostic methods needed to be performed before a Craniotomy are: 

  • CT Scan
  • MRI

The technique involves either a frameless system by using superficially placed markers or landmarks on the scalp or by using a frame placed onto the skull.

Scans of the brain hence made by the computers and the localizing frame provides a 3-D image of the specific area or tissue. It helps in distinguishing healthy tissue & abnormal tissue. 

The risks involved in a Craniotomy surgery are:

  • Seizures
  • Allergic reaction
  • Injury to sinuses
  • Injury to facial muscles
  • Injury from the head pin frame
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Stroke
  • Brain damage

After a Craniotomy, it is essential to keep in mind the following:

  • The incision usually takes 3-4 weeks to heal
  • There may be some pain in the incision area which can be relieved by taking pain medications
  • Driving should be avoided until allowed by the doctor

Craniotomy from one of the best multi-speciality hospital: Columbia Asia Hospital Hebbal, Hebbal, Bengaluru

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