The symptoms that indicate the requirement of a Craniotomy are:
- Brain cancer
- Cerebral edema
The diagnostic methods needed to be performed before a Craniotomy are:
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:
- Allergic reaction
- Injury to sinuses
- Injury to facial muscles
- Injury from the head pin frame
- 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