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Doctor insights on: How Long Will It Take To Recover From Surgery For A Chiari Malformation

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How long will it take to recover from surgery for a chiari malformation?

How long will it take to recover from surgery for a chiari malformation?

A few weeks: Most are out of the hospital in 1-2 days. You then have to take it easy ( no lifting >10 lbs) for about a month. Expect a stiff neck for a few weeks at least. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

Chiari malformation is a congenital condition where the connection between the brain and the ...Read more


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What will happen to me if I don't have surgery for a chiari malformation?

Hydrocephalus: Fluid will build up in the ventricular system of the brain with a resultant increase in pressure inside the brain/skull. ...Read more

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Is it okay not to have surgery for a chiari malformation if there are no symptoms?

Is it okay not to have surgery for a chiari malformation if there are no symptoms?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?

How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?

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 more

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Arnold chiari malformation, what constitutes a botched surgery?

Arnold chiari malformation, what constitutes a botched surgery?

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

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Is it possible for me to live with a chiari malformation and not have surgery?

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 more

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What happens if you had surgery to correct a chiari malformation, can you join the air force?

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

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I have chiari malformation 1 and I have all the classic symptoms. Yet it is only 3mm. Should I get surgery?

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