Craniotomy Cost In Egypt

Cost of Craniotomy in Egypt: Detailed Overview



The process of removing a bony flap from the skull area to operate the brain area is known as craniotomy.

It is the surgery for making a brain accessible for operation. it is commonly used for the treatment of brain cancer, brain tumour, brain aneurysm and in cases of accidental brain injury.

It has minimum invasion and hence is widely used.


In this process of craniotomy, a bony flap from the skull is temporarily removed for clear access of the brain part which is to be operated on, post-surgery the flap is put back in its position.

This helps in minimal skull opening and has good healing afterward.

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Inclusions in the package

The Cost of Craniotomy Surgery Includes:

  • Preoperative Diagnostic Tests Cost May Include [CT Scan or MRI of the brain]
  • Surgery Cost (Depends upon the type and size of the tumour and the extent to which the tumour has spread)
  • Type of Surgery [Craniotomy, Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery, Neuroendoscopic Surgery, or Spinal Surgery]
  • Post-Operative Cost [there might be a need for Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy before or post-surgery]
  • Medicines 
  • Patient's Hospital Stay [can range from a few days to a couple of weeks]

Factors affecting cost of Craniotomy

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of Hospital and Room Opted (General, Twin sharing, or single room)
  • The Stage and Type of Cancer
  • Patients May Require Repeated Investigation through PET CT and Related Tests Post-surgery / Chemotherapy / Radiation Therapy.
  • Any Additional Tests May be Required, Such as ECG or Blood Tests.
  • An Extended Stay at the Hospital 
  • Cost of Accommodation During Follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident [may take longer duration in case of chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions]

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In terms of mortality rate, zero death is reported in craniotomy procedures. However, it reduces the surgery time and postoperative hospital stay.

It has better outcomes and fewer side effects.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Craniotomy Cost

Before a craniotomy, your doctor may request blood tests, an MRI, an ECG, an X-ray, or a Brain CT scan. The whole cost of craniotomy therapy generally includes diagnostic and surgical procedures.

When a patient is in the hospital, the pharmacy and prescription expenses are included in the package. However, if the patient purchases medications outside of the hospital, they are not covered by the package.

The average hospital stay for individuals undergoing craniotomy for a brain tumor is three to four days. Patients who experience surgical complications may be asked to remain longer. They will also require follow-up testing, such as an MRI, CT scan, and blood tests, for the first year following the craniotomy, which won’t be a part of the package price.

Surgery recovery might take 4 to 8 weeks. Your wounds may be sore for up to 5 days after surgery. For a few days, the patient may feel weary. The follow-ups and medications utilized for pain reliving will be an additional cost.

Yes, most health insurance policies cover the expense of brain surgery. They pay for medical expenditures incurred during hospitalization, ICU charges, pre-hospitalization, and ambulance services following brain surgery.

Other treatments may be advised as alternatives to a craniotomy in rare cases. Some brain cancers can be treated using stereotactic radiosurgery, which involves delivering extremely accurate beams of radiation straight to the tumor without the need for a surgical incision.

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Everything You Need to Know About Craniotomy: Q&A

Before the Procedure (10 Questions):

To remove a brain tumor, a neurosurgeon makes an opening in the skull. This operation is called a craniotomy. Whenever possible, the surgeon attempts to remove the entire tumor. If the tumor cannot be completely removed without damaging vital brain tissue, your doctor may remove as much of the tumor as possible.

The malignancy of the tumor can only be established post histopathy of the tumor sample. IF it turns out to be cancerous, additional treatment protocol may be advised.

One is not allowed to eat or drink anything before a craniotomy surgery.

 

The patient should stop taking blood-thinning medications. He should also stop taking medicines like Clopidogrel, Plavix and Warfarin.

It depends upon the osteopathy reports of the tumor sample.

Yes it is true, awake craniotomy is usually done in those patients who have lesions in critical areas. But with advances in imaging/ surgery and brain mapping it is not used these days. Of course in places where such equipment is not available, it can be done. It difficult in many patients because of patient has to understand and be mature enough to lie still for 4 hours or so It is slightly uncomfortable too

Craniotomy is the surgery to remove the part of bone from skull for exposing the brain, the bone flap is being temporarily removed and then replaced after brain surgery.

Yes, Craniotomy is a serious surgery, it involves temporary removal of bone from the skull to repair in the brain. The procedure has various risks which makes it a serious surgery.

Craniotomy has got several risks such as bleeding and infection just like other type of brain cancer surgery.

Craniotomy is done to treat various conditions such as brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, hemorrahage, aneursysms. Damaged tissue, abscesses, epilepsy and facial pain.

During the Procedure (6 Questions):

5 days in the hospital.

The patient has to stay in the ICU for at least a night or two depending on the progress of his/her condition post-surgery. IVs, monitors and bladder catheters are removed in the morning following the surgery.

The patient is allowed to eat a normal breakfast and he/she can walk on the first day after the surgery.

The patient has to stay in the ICU for at least a night or two depending on the progress of his/her condition post surgery. IVs, monitors and bladder catheters are removed on the morning following the surgery. The patient is allowed to eat a normal breakfast and he/she can walk on the first day after the surgery.

It will take around three to five hours to do craniotomy, if you are undergoing regular craniotomy.

Your doctor will explain you about all these. You need to undergo blood test, diagnostic test and neurological examination before the surgery.

Skin incisions are usually made behind the hairline. A hair sparing technique is used, where only a 1/4-inch wide area along the proposed incision is shaved. The skin and muscles are lifted off the bone and folded back. Next, small burr holes are made in the skull with a drill. Similar to using a jigsaw, the surgeon cuts an outline of a bone window .The cut bone flap is lifted and removed to expose the protective covering of the brain and the bone flap is safely set aside and will be replaced at the end of the surgery. The dura is opened to expose the brain.  Varieties of  small instrument are used to work deep inside brain, after the problem has been removed or repaired, any retractors are removed, and the dura is closed with sutures. The bone flap is put back in its original position and secured to the skull with titanium plates and screws (Fig. 5). The plates and screws remain permanently to support the area. At last muscles and the skin are sutured back.

Post the Procedure (8 Questions):

Walking and taking personal care is allowed after a day of the craniotomy surgery. Strenuous activities like work-outs, lifting heavy weights and strong exertions should be avoided for at least four to six weeks.

There is no such restriction on the neck movement.

It depends on the occupation of the patient. Strenuous work is best avoided for longer periods until his/her physical strength is regained. Normally, patients are allowed to resume their work after two to four weeks post-surgery.

It depends on the occupation of the patient. Strenuous work are best avoided for longer periods until his/her physical strength is regained. Normally, patients are allowed to resume their work after two to four weeks post surgery.

It will take around 4 to 8 weeks to recover from surgery, you will feel tired for several weeks after surgery, you may also have some headache and problems in concentrating. The cuts will be sore for about five days after surgery.

Some of the side effects of  Craniotomy are scars, injury in head region, facial nerve damage, infection of the bone flap or skin, seizures and brain swelling.

Craniotomy requires hospital stay of about three to seven days.  The stay in hospital depends on your condition.

The risk of rare and it has the potential to interfere with memory, speech, vision, muscle control, coordination an balance. Other potential risks that are specifically associated with brain surgery include coma, blood clots, hemorrhaging or swelling of the brain, stroke and seizures.

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