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I had meningioma res., complications: a sah, hydrocephalus, cerebellar tonsillar herniation, and emergency craniotomy. What's my future hold?
Possible recovery: There is a very good chance of having a very good recovery. It depends on how much neurological injury was sustained and for how long. It seems that if you are able to type and communicate, that you have a very good chance for a near full recovery. Intense rehabilitation will help you improve tremendously. Without knowing your neurological deficits , it is difficult to say for certain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No endotracheal tube: The key to the awake craniotomy is that there is no endotracheal administered anesthesia. The anesthesiologist performs scalp blocks to numb the scalp and gives some IV medications (ie. Presedex or propofol). The patient is able to respond to questions/follow commands/move. This is extremely valuable for the neurosurgeon trying to operate in eloquent areas of the brain and preserve function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Access to the brain: Craniotomies are performed routinely by neurosurgeons to gain access to the brain. The overlying skull is removed using a special type of saw (the bone flap is replaced later). Neurosurgeons access the brain to remove tumors, blood clots, seizure foci. This is also done to treat (clip) brain aneurysms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recovery: Having a craniotomy for tumor or other elective process is generally safe. Most patients don't have severe long term headaches and usually are taking tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed a week or so later. Depending on the underlying problem and location there will be concerns for seizures, weakness/paralysis, or speech problems after surgery. ...Read more
Your Neurosurgeon: There are different types of craniotomies. Once you discuss with your neurosurgeon what type and location then yo can reference some craniotomy videos online. Aans has a you tube channel featuring brain surgeries. Also can look at neurosurgery textbooks and see some basic data in a majors bookstore. ...Read more
Brain surgery: Craniotomy is a general word for brain surgery. Risks include stroke, weakness, paralysis, seizures, trouble with speaking or understanding, numbness or tingling, clumsiness or even death. But a skilled neurosurgeon can usually get patients through it safely, with about 90 percent chance they will be the same after surgery as before. Headache pain is easily manageable with pills, rarely shots! ...Read more
Incomplete med infor: You need to give us the complete information. Fibroplastic has to be followed by some more information, which have not given us. This word simply means that the structure that they are describing has fibroblastic(scar like) features. This is of course non specific information as it stands now. So go get the complete description, then we can help you interpret it better. ...Read more
I have recently begun experiencing severe dizziness and associated balance issue for unknown reasons. I am a healthy 44 yo female s/p craniotomy 18 ye?
Dizziness : Need to know what you had the craniotomy for in the past. If it was for a malignant grown, I would recheck the head with an MRI. If it was a benign issue I would see an ent and have him or her rule out a treatable cause for the dizziness. Good luck . Feel better! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I had a craniotomy 6 years ago, and I find myself touching/rubbing the screws a lot, is that bad? can it make the screws come loose or anything?
Depends: If everything is healed up and there have been no neurological sequelae, it should be fine. If the neurological status has returned to normal and there are no problems with wound healing and there are no problems with seizures, it is not uncommon for people to travel. Obviously, they should travel with friends/family who are available to help.Probably shouldn't drive until released by neurosurgeon. ...Read more
I recently had an endoscopic craniotomy. The periosteum was removed. About long until this regrows?
Weeks to months: Depending on how much periosteum was removed, it will regrow in weeks to months. ...Read more