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Chiari Malformation Surgery Recovery
Moderately risky: Chiari decompression surgery is considered moderate risk surgery. In other words, its not like having your appendix or hernia repaired but its also not like having a complex brain tumor or aneurysm worked on either. The major risks of this surgery are severe (sometime chronic) neck pain, bleeding, infection, and a small risk of spinal fluid leak. The more scary risks (stroke) are very rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chiari surgery: Surgery for a chari malformation is rather straight forward - a "botched" surgery is rare, in some rare cases further surgery might be indicated if the symptoms are not resolved - this assumes there were no complications during the procedure. ...Read more
Yes: Many people go through life completely unaware they have chiari malformation until they get their head and neck imaged for an unrelated injury. Good to know, but doesn't necessarily require surgery. If you need a spinal tap, then things get a bit murky so put it on your med history anyway. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chiari malformation: It depends on what type of surgery you are going to have (what your true diagnosis is... be careful!) and what job you want at the airforce. Speak with your neurosurgeon and ask details, then call the recruiting folks for the air force and ask them what they think... do not rush into it at age 48... rare to have to have Chiari surgery done at that point.... good luck! ...Read more
I have chiari malformation 1 and I have all the classic symptoms. Yet it is only 3mm. Should I get surgery?
Neurological : symptoms guide the decision that surgery is needed, not the length of the lesion. Pressure from the cerebellum on the spinal cord or lower brainstem can cause neurological signs & symptoms. See www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chiari-malformation/basics/definition/con-20031115. Seek a neurosurgical opinion if you are hesitant. ...Read more
Absolutely: A chiari 1 malformation is not a dangerous condition. It is usually found incidentally during the workup for a headache. The only reason to have surgery is to relieve symptoms, and often the symptoms and the chiari are unrelated so surgery doesn't help. If you do not have symptoms, then you absolutely should not have surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Surgery to decompress the herniations can either focus on removing some of the bones to allow more room, or detangling the spinal cord as it leaves the brain (rarely done). This is serious surgery that can result in infections, paralysis, problems breathing, and worse. However neurosurgeons today are incredibly trained and can do amazing things! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Typically, asymptomatic chiari type-1 malformations are not recommended to undergo a sub-occipital decompression unless there are other associated findings. In children, if there is associated hydrocephalus, or a cervical region syringomyelia, a sub-occipital decompression may be indicated. This is to prevent future neurological decline. ...Read more
It is: Chiari described different types of developmental defects of the cerebellum. Type 2 is associated with spina bifida, type 3 and type 4 are severe defects. You are probably talking about type 2 associated with spina bifida. It can cause breathing and swallowing problems. Treatment with surgery is controversial. ...Read more
Safe if experienced: As a general rule, such surgeries should be done in major medical centers or in designated childrens hospitals by neurosurgeons who specialize in pediatric neurosurgery. Under those circumstances, the surgeries are as safe as they can be made and almost always better than not repairing the malformation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I got results on my chiari malformation said 6mm below something and the nuero surgen doesn't want to do surgery why?
Surgery not needed: A chiari 1 malformation is not a dangerous condition, but can cause headaches, numbness, dizziness or unsteadiness. In yours, the cerebellar tonsils lie 6 mm below the foramen magnum (the hole at the base of the skull). This is fairly small and not dangerous so the only reason to have surgery is to relieve symptoms. Often the symptoms and the chiari are unrelated so surgery doesn't help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I was just diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation and was curious what my restrictions are until surgery and what will it be like AFTER surgery as well.
I have arnold chiari malformation type 1. I recently had corrective surgery. What are the possible side effects from that?
My son was diagnosis with chiari malformation and a 6mm cyst. Is this dangerous at least the cyst part? He's 9 yrs old, should he have any surgery pleasehelp
If I had surgery for a chiari malformation in 2002 and they put a mesh patch in place of a piece of skull, could it be causing dystonia?
Not likely: Dystonia is a complex problem usually caused by either meds, brain pathway problems, or both. The use of mesh in the chiari surgery is very common and never been reported to cause dystonia. It can cause some local headaches but they usually resolve spontaneously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My neurosurgeon my suggest surgery for chiari malformation. I have dizziness and gait disturbance that never goes away. Is this a common surgery?
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