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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?

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

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My mom is have a 3cm lesion from her skull removed tomorrow. What will recovery be like and for how long? She will have craniotomy with titanium

My mom is have a 3cm lesion from her skull removed tomorrow. What will recovery be like and for how long? She will have craniotomy with titanium

Craniotomy: The recovery time varies from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the underlying disease being treated and your general health. Full recovery may take up to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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What does a craniotomy to remove pineal cyst include? How long in hospital? How long is recovery? Any tips would b helpful

What does a craniotomy to remove pineal cyst include? How long in hospital? How long is recovery? Any tips would b helpful

Consider the need: I would first make sure that you need the surgery. Many pineal region cysts are benign and can be followed with imaging for some time. ...Read more

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I had a 3cm adeno in left frontal lobe=craniotomy 1mo ago. No other disease known. I sleep a lot. How long is recovery? 69 and otherwise healthy.

I had a 3cm adeno in left frontal lobe=craniotomy 1mo ago.  No other disease known. I sleep a lot.  How long is recovery? 69 and otherwise healthy.

Depends on resection: It sounds like you had the resection of a 3cm adeno (carcinoma). If this is the case, the extent of resection, the degree of surrounding edema (swelling) will play a role in recovery. Sleeping a lot is not uncommon and can be related to medications as well as the post-operative changes in the brain. ...Read more

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My 68 year old dad had craniotomy to remove clots due to subdural haematoma. Day 5 and and is confused-claims things that didn't happen.Help?

My 68 year old dad had craniotomy to remove clots due to subdural haematoma. Day 5 and and is confused-claims things that didn't happen.Help?

Needs eval: If the confusion is a major change in the last day, it could be due to reaccumulation of bleeding or a postoperative infection. It could also be due to medications he may be on, such as narcotic pain meds or sleeping pills. Get him checked out today please. ...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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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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What happens if I collect social security disability because I had a craniotomy and seizures but I have not had a seizure?

What happens if I collect social security disability because I had a craniotomy and seizures but I have not had a seizure?

Depends on diagnosis: If the reason for the craniotomy puts you at greater risk for a seizure and having an increased risk for seizure prevents you from employment in your profession then you are probably entitled to that payment. ...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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