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I was wondering is a craniotomy typical for aneurysm removal?

I was wondering is a craniotomy typical for aneurysm removal?

Brain aneurysm: There are two ways to treat a brain aneurysm, one is via a craniotomy the other is an intravascular intervention with coiling of the aneurysm. A consultation with a vascular neurosurgeon can give you advice on how to proceed. ...Read more

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more


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My mother is experiencing disorientation & confusion after frontal craniotomy due to aneurysm. Is it normal?

My mother is experiencing disorientation & confusion after frontal craniotomy due to aneurysm. Is it normal?

Confusion can never : Be normal, and need evaluation and treatment , talk with her physician and see what he tells u. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen if there is no replacement of skull cap after a craniotomy?

I'm curious what could happen if there is no replacement of skull cap after a craniotomy?

Headaches: It would cause headaches and other risks can also occur including hydrocephalus or bleeding. Obviously, the brain is not protected. ...Read more

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Hello, what is awake craniotomy?

Hello, what is awake craniotomy?

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 more

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What would cause you to need a craniotomy?

What would cause you to need a craniotomy?

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 more

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What should I be prepared for after craniotomy?

What should I be prepared for after craniotomy?

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

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Is it safe to be traveling after a burr hole and craniotomy?

Is it safe to be traveling after a burr hole and craniotomy?

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

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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?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: craniotomy?

What is the definition or description of: craniotomy?

Opening the skull: This is a surgical procedure that opens a window in the skull to access the brain and its blood vessels and coverings. The bone is usually put back at the end of the procedure. ...Read more

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What should I be prepared for after getting a craniotomy?

What should I be prepared for after getting a craniotomy?

Nothing : Why did you get craniotomy? Watch out for seizures and that is about it. Youcan actually lead a normal life style. ...Read more

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What is fibroplastic? My wife just had a craniotomy and was told she has fibroplastic.

What is fibroplastic? My wife just had a craniotomy and was told she has fibroplastic.

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

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Please help docs! where to find details of a craniotomy procedure?

Please help docs! where to find details of a craniotomy procedure?

Craniotomy: There are many websites that can give you the basic techniques of a craniotomy. On U-Tube there are also some surgical videos on how it is done ...Read more

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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?

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?

Need more info: Unlikely but I never say never.Are you touching the area because of anxiety or does the skin really itch? I would strongly urge that you talk to your family physician and explore the reasons for you actions. ...Read more

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Would a craniotomy cure aphasia?

Would a craniotomy cure aphasia?

Craniotomy and aphas: Craniotomy does not cure aphasia unless it is caused by a mass lesion or tumor. Removel of the tumor may help the aphasia. ...Read more

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Is gamma-knife surgery an alternative to a craniotomy?

Is gamma-knife surgery an alternative to a craniotomy?

It may be: It may be. It depends on the specific circumstances, so not enough information in question stem to answer definitively. ...Read more

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Is gamma-knife surgery a viable alternative to craniotomy?

Is gamma-knife surgery a viable alternative to craniotomy?

Not so easy: This delicate decision is dependent on the disease- tumor? Avm?Trigeminal neuralgia? All these are different and therefore the only person who can answer this is a neurosurgeon who does the surgery you need. ...Read more

Craniotomy (Definition)

This is a surgical procedure that opens a window in the skull to access the brain and its blood vessels and coverings. The bone is usually put back at the ...Read more