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Doctor insights on: Long Term Precautions After Craniotomy Forsubdural Haematoma

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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


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I am a flight attendant and had a craniotomy to remove an epidural hematoma. How long before i can fly again? How will pressurization affect my head?

I am a flight attendant and had a craniotomy to remove an epidural hematoma.  How long before i can fly again? How will pressurization affect my head?

Usually a month: Though there is no absolute correct answer, but generally a month should be safe in many situations. Your neurosurgeon is the only one who can tell you the best answer for your particular situation. Note that if there neurological problems from having the epidural bleed, the length of time out of work could be longer. ...Read more

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What is recovery time after a craniotomy to remove a epidural hematoma?

Variable: It is dependent on the condition one is in at the time of surgery, the age of pt (or to be more exact the physiological age--some 70 yo are more like 50 yo physiologically), and other medical problems the pt may have. The surgeon should be able to give you a ballpark figure. ...Read more

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I had a craniotomy for a subdural hematoma 18 mos ago and my skull has depressions and "lump" along the suture lines. Is that normal?

I had a craniotomy for a subdural hematoma 18 mos ago and my skull has depressions and "lump" along the suture lines.  Is that normal?

Yes: That is common and not a medical concern as long as the scalp incision is completely healed. I have seen a case where a patient with a very thin scalp eventually had the scalp open up over one of the small plates used to secure the bone flap. This is rare, but would require surgery. ...Read more

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I've had at least one CT scan (possibly 2...Would they have done one after my craniotomy from a hematoma?). Am i at a higher risk of brain cancer?

I've had at least one CT scan (possibly 2...Would they have done one after my craniotomy from a hematoma?). Am i at a higher risk of brain cancer?

Doubt it: There's some studies suggesting that children who have a bunch of of ct scans over long illnesses are at some extra risk for leukemia and perhaps brain tumors; this makes sense biologically but the risk isn't huge. I wouldn't waste energy worrying about just one or two; i'd be glad instead that the hemotoma's out and i hope you'll do well from this. ...Read more

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1 yr old with epidural hematoma. Brain shifted to right side. Craniotomy preformed removing large hematoma. Linear fracture. What can we expect now?

1 yr old with epidural hematoma. Brain shifted to right side. Craniotomy preformed removing large hematoma. Linear fracture. What can we expect now?

How long ago?: If recent, healing and improvement time is essential. Most children and adults recover from epidural hematomas well. You should expect limitations on activity, be careful what the child does, close monitoring, and give it time to heal. ...Read more

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2 years ago met with an accident & had1)craniotomy, evacuation of hematoma2)cranioplasty3)excision of lobe. What are long term effects.

2 years ago met with an accident & had1)craniotomy, evacuation of hematoma2)cranioplasty3)excision of lobe. What are long term effects.

Many: Many issues are common such as headaches, problems with memory or concentration, even personality changes or anger management. Best to have an evaluation with a neuropsychologist who can do a formal assessment and assist you with any issues. ...Read more

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What should I be prepared for after a craniotomy? How long is recovery?

What should I be prepared for after a craniotomy? How long is recovery?

Craniotomy: Recovery is typically based on the length and type of craniotomy. Most people recover quite quickly but having said that it really depends on what is being done and this should be discussed before surgery with the neurosurgeon. ...Read more