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If going through neurosurgery, will they definitely shave my head?

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Dr. Patrick Connolly
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Depends on the preference of the surgeon.
Some will shave no hair, other will only clip where the incision will go. Talk to your surgeon about your concerns. Most will honor request to minimize hair clipping. By the way, we use an electric clipper with a disposable blade, not a razor.

In brief: No

Depends on the preference of the surgeon.
Some will shave no hair, other will only clip where the incision will go. Talk to your surgeon about your concerns. Most will honor request to minimize hair clipping. By the way, we use an electric clipper with a disposable blade, not a razor.
Dr. Patrick Connolly
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
As Dr. Connolly states, we decide how much hair to shave based on the surgery, incision site, sex, and patient's wishes. "Hair sparing" incisions work very well and are shown to have no additional infection risks. Talk to your surgeon.
Dr. Steven Schopick
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Limited shave

Typically, only the immediate region of the surgery will be shaved.
The amount of the head that is shaved for surgery has gotten smaller over the years.

In brief: Limited shave

Typically, only the immediate region of the surgery will be shaved.
The amount of the head that is shaved for surgery has gotten smaller over the years.
Dr. Steven Schopick
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Dr. Mariaelaina Sumas
Neurosurgery

In brief: Usually

While no hair is shaved for pituitary surgery through the nose, one's hair is usually shaved for other brain surgeries.
Your hair will grow back and the incision will not be seen unless you go bald down the road.

In brief: Usually

While no hair is shaved for pituitary surgery through the nose, one's hair is usually shaved for other brain surgeries.
Your hair will grow back and the incision will not be seen unless you go bald down the road.
Dr. Mariaelaina Sumas
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Not always

It depends on what is being done.
There are some surgeons that shave very little.

In brief: Not always

It depends on what is being done.
There are some surgeons that shave very little.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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