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Skull Shape Surgery
Skull shape: I suppose it is, but why would you want to? Any such surgery would be a major undertaking fraught with significant risks. What are your specific concerns? What about the shape of your skull bothers you? Perhaps there can be a more complete answer if you can provide more specific information. ...Read more
1-2 years: The skull base fellowship after the seven-year neurosurgery residency can be one or two years in duration. For more details, visit http://www. Aans. Org/Grants%20and%20Fellowships/Fellowship%20Directory. Aspx ...Read more
Analyse risk/benefit: The analysis of risk/benefit would likely be against this request. Just because it is possible does not mean it should or would be considered. ...Read more
I have a deformed skull it looks like I have a cone head. Is is possible to get it fixed through surgery if not what can be done?
Look at your baby: Pictures. Likely, a suture line of your skull closed prematurely in infancy. You're a bit old for the type of surgery done on infants for premature craniostenosis. If you can't disguise it by a haircut & it really bothers you, ask your doctor for referral to a craniofacial clinic with a neurosurgeon & plastic surgeon who can tell you risks vs. Benefits of surgery on an adult. ...Read more
As a baby I had surgery because I had craniosynostosis. I am now 17 years old and my skull is now deformed. I'm just curious if there is anyway to fix?
Plastic and. ..: Reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgeons have at their disposal an entire palate of ways to change the shape of the skull. It is clearly on your mind and there fore worth investigating. Check with the local Craniofacial Panel which is established in nearly every state. At 17 you may still fall under pediatric guidelines and as a revision to a prior surgery and may be considered "NOT" cosmetic. ...Read more
Usually not: Most skull fractures will not need surgery & will heal over time (a month or two). Very occasionally, we will have to operate for 1 of several problems that can be assoc w/ them: acute bleeding, in-driven bone, & CSF leak are the 3 most frequent (although most CSF leaks heal w/o surgery too). A skull fracture should be under the care of a doctor of course, but most (not all) heal w/ min problems ...Read more
Dysphagia: It depends on which nerves were affected... Ask your neurosurgeon the question. ...Read more
Why the risk of brain edema increase as the duration of the operation increase on an open skull surgery?
What kind of dr should I see for small hematoma - head. Over a previous skull surgery. Comes periodically and then reabsorbs. Migraines aggravate?
Suggestion: I seriously doubt a recurring hematoma over your skull, but fluid buildup could suggest an opening to a cerebral spinal fluid leak, and this should be investigated. A neurosurgeon is your best bet. ...Read more
I want to ask can I had surgery to relieve a congenital bump at the top of the skull left side, and is it possible to replace the bone with titanium?
Time for consult: There are cranial surgeons that have experience reshaping a skull. You need to investigate a cranio-facial center in your region & check out their programs. Exams, specialized ct scans and a thorough discussions of the risks & benefits of any procedure would be part of the process. It may or may not be what you want, but could be. ...Read more
Sometimes:: Only if microcephaly is caused by prematurely fused plates of the skull. Most of the time, the skull is normal and the brain does not grow for other reasons. ...Read more
I have to have skull base surgery to repair a csf leak. How long is the op and how long is recovery?
Ask the neurosurgeon: Skull base surgery for repair of a CSF leak is a major operation with a number of factors influencing OR time and recovery. The location of the leak determines the approach the surgeon takes, which is a big factor in the length of the surgery and the recovery time. This is a question that is best addressed by your surgeon. ...Read more
Can a child with microcephaly have surgery to open up the skull and give the brain more room to grow to its normal size?
Won't alter outcome: The skull is composed of many plates of bone separated by growth centers that "push away" from each other to allow the skull volume to increase. If the brain does not enlarge, there is no pressure to expand the skull. By 9-10 yrs the adult head size is reached & growth centers fuse. Skull surgery is done to open prematurely fused areas, it does not make the brain grow more than it would to begin with. ...Read more
Have a surgery 2remove a cystic like structure they nt sure if it's epidermiod cyst or tumour soft tissue, attach outer layer of skull table I'm worri?
Cyst vs tumor: Any tissue removed from the body should be examined under the microscope by a pathologist. The fact that the mass you describe was attached to the skull may mean a primary lesion of the skin or soft tissue. Such lesions are best imaged first, then biopsy performed followed by removal depending on the tissue. The final answer of "what it is" depends on the pathology report. ...Read more
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?
Be informed: No one relishes having brain surgery because there are certainly risks. You need to get information from your neurosurgeon to find out about the rationale, risks and benefits. These will differ depending on the nature of the underlying problem. A better understanding in particular of the potential benefits is particularly helpful in helping to calm your fears about brain surgery. ...Read more