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How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?
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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Moderately risky
Chiari decompression surgery is considered moderate risk surgery.
In other words, its not like having your appendix or hernia repaired but its also not like having a complex brain tumor or aneurysm worked on either. The major risks of this surgery are severe (sometime chronic) neck pain, bleeding, infection, and a small risk of spinal fluid leak. The more scary risks (stroke) are very rare.

In brief: Moderately risky
Chiari decompression surgery is considered moderate risk surgery.
In other words, its not like having your appendix or hernia repaired but its also not like having a complex brain tumor or aneurysm worked on either. The major risks of this surgery are severe (sometime chronic) neck pain, bleeding, infection, and a small risk of spinal fluid leak. The more scary risks (stroke) are very rare.
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Usually very safe
The procedure, when done in the hands of an experienced neurosurgeon, is very safe.
There are always the risks of bleeding and infection, but these are usually easily manageable. Talk to your surgeon about the specific risks.

In brief: Usually very safe
The procedure, when done in the hands of an experienced neurosurgeon, is very safe.
There are always the risks of bleeding and infection, but these are usually easily manageable. Talk to your surgeon about the specific risks.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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