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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

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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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 father underwent a craniotomy 12.15.14 and has been making remarkable recovery. Tonight he got very tired started slurring his words. Temp 98.9?

My father underwent a craniotomy 12.15.14 and has been making remarkable recovery. Tonight he got very tired started slurring his words. Temp 98.9?

Nearest ER: It is difficult to answer your question. Without knowing the reasons he underwent a craniotomy. Although it has been a while since his operation he is still at risk for developing complication and not mention a possibility of TIA or stroke. Alternatively a seizure is also a possibility but all these would depend on the various scenarios and throughout exam. Please seek medical attention Asap ...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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I need surgery for semicircular canal dehiscence. I know it involves a craniotomy. I am terrified. How bad is the recovery? Is it worth it?

I need surgery for semicircular canal dehiscence. I know it involves a craniotomy. I am terrified. How bad is the recovery? Is it worth it?

Research this. ..: Yourself on the internet and be prepared with your questions to discuss them with your otologist before scheduling surgery. Is your diagnosis based on symptoms alone? Was the dehiscence seen on mri? How debilitating are your symptoms? Are they getting worse? The answers to these types of questions may help you to decide whether you need surgery. Your otologist will be able to help you sort it out. ...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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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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Where to find details of the craniotomy procedure?

Where to find details of the craniotomy procedure?

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

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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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Any tips? What should I do to be prepared for after a craniotomy?

Any tips? What should I do to be prepared for after a craniotomy?

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

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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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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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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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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 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

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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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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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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

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Can you tell me is gamma-knife surgery a viable alternative to a craniotomy?

Can you tell me is gamma-knife surgery a viable alternative to a craniotomy?

Consult surgeon: Type of radiation treatment usually performed when tumor or other abnormality in the brain is too hard to reach with standard neurosurgery or
person not healthy enough to undergo standard surgery or person prefers a less invasive treatmentbrain tumor. Radiosurgery useful in the management of small noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) brain tumors. Have to ask neurosurgeon advice. ...Read more