Craniotomy Surgery Cost In India - Get Cost Estimate

Minimum Cost 6000 USD
Average Cost 7000 USD
Maximum Cost 9000 USD
  • Procedure Type Surgical
  • Procedure Duration 2-3 hrs
  • Hospital Stay (Days) 3-7 days
  • Post discharge Stay in India 2 weeks
  • Resume work 4-6 weeks
  • Recurrence 20-30%
  • Risk High
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What is the Cost of Craniotomy Surgery in India?

The cost of craniotomy surgery is affordable in India as compared to other Western nations. The average cost of craniotomy in India may range from INR 2,00,000 to INR 8,00,000 for Indian patients, while it may cost USD 4500 to USD 9500 for International patients. This cost includes surgeon fees, anaesthesia charges, OT charges, medical consumables, and hospital stays for a specified number of days.

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Dr. Sandeep Vaishya

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location Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon

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location Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon

Exp: 29+ Yrs

What is Craniotomy?

A craniotomy surgery involves removing part of the skull, or cranium, to access the brain. The bone is replaced when the surgery is done. The most common conditions that can be treated via this approach include brain tumours, aneurysms, arterio-venous malformations, subdural hematomas, etc.

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What are the Different Types of Craniotomy Surgeries?

Craniotomy surgeries can be categorised based on the specific techniques used, the location of the surgery, and the purpose of the procedure. Types of craniotomy surgeries include:

  • Frontal Craniotomy - Commonly performed for removing tumours, treating aneurysms, or accessing frontal lobe pathologies
  • Parietal Craniotomy - Typically used for removing parietal lobe tumours or treating epilepsy.
  • Temporal Craniotomy - Often performed to remove tumours, treat temporal lobe epilepsy, or for accessing certain aneurysms
  • Occipital Craniotomy - Usually for removing occipital lobe tumours or addressing occipital lobe lesions
  • Pterional (Frontotemporal) Craniotomy - Commonly used for aneurysm clipping, tumour removal, or vascular malformations
  • Suboccipital Craniotomy - Used for treating brainstem or cerebellar tumours, Chiari malformations, and other pathologies in the posterior fossa
  • Bifrontal Craniotomy - Performed to remove large tumours or lesions that span both frontal lobes
  • Keyhole (Minimally Invasive) Craniotomy - Used for certain aneurysms, tumours, or biopsy procedures, aiming to reduce recovery time and minimise complications
  • Endoscopic Craniotomy - For certain types of tumours, cysts, or pituitary adenomas, allowing for less invasive access
  • Stereotactic Craniotomy - Used for biopsy, tumour removal, or treating epilepsy, providing high precision and accuracy
  • Awake Craniotomy - Often used for removing tumours near critical brain areas to monitor and preserve neurological functions like speech and movement
  • Orbital Craniotomy - Typically for treating tumours or aneurysms located near the eye or the base of the skull

Each type of craniotomy is chosen based on the specific location and nature of the brain pathology. The goal is to maximise the effectiveness of the surgery while minimising risks and potential complications.

What are the Factors Affecting the Cost of Craniotomy Surgery in India?

Craniotomy surgery cost in India varies depending on several factors, including the type of surgery, hospital, surgeon's expertise, etc. The final cost of craniotomy varies depending on the following aspects:

Hospital Type and Location

The cost of healthcare can vary greatly between cities. Metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore often have higher costs compared to smaller cities or towns.

Complexity of the Surgery

The complexity of the surgery plays a significant role. More complex cases requiring advanced techniques or longer operating times will be more expensive.

Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Care

Costs associated with pre-operative diagnostics (like MRI, CT scans, and other lab tests) and post-operative care (including ICU stay, follow-up consultations, and rehabilitation) can add to the total cost.

Type of Craniotomy Surgery

Different types of craniotomy might have different cost structures based on the equipment and expertise required.

Duration of Hospital Stay

The length of the hospital stay, including ICU and general ward charges, affects the overall cost. Longer stays increase the total expenditure.

Technology and Equipment Used

The use of advanced medical equipment and technology, such as neuronavigation systems, intraoperative MRI, or advanced monitoring systems, can raise the cost.

Medications and Consumables

The cost of medications, surgical consumables, and any special medical devices or implants used during the surgery.

Additional Treatments or Complications

Any additional treatments required due to complications or comorbid conditions can increase the overall cost.

Understanding these factors may help you prepare for the aspects of craniotomy surgery price in india. It is advisable to discuss all potential costs with your doctor to avoid unexpected expenses.

What is the Cost of Diagnostic Tests Required Before Undergoing Craniotomy?

Before craniotomy surgery, you will meet with your surgeon, who will carefully plan the procedure. Several diagnostic tests are typically required to ensure the procedure is necessary, plan the surgery accurately, and minimise risks. The cost of these diagnostic tests is INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 for Indian patients while it costs USD 250 to USD 300 for international patients. 

You may need the following tests before a craniotomy:

  • Blood Tests
  • Imaging Tests (MRI, CT scan)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Neurological Examination

These diagnostic tests help the medical team gather critical information about the patient's patient's brain condition, overall health, and potential risks, enabling them to plan and perform the craniotomy with the highest degree of safety and precision.

What are the Pre-Surgical and Post-Surgical Expenses of a Craniotomy?

A craniotomy is a surgical procedure that repairs a bone defect in the skull. The pre-surgical and post-surgical expenses for craniotomy may vary on factors such as the complexity of the case, the specific healthcare facility, etc. Here is an overview of typical expenses associated with craniotomy:

Pre-Surgical Expenses:

  • Consultations: INR 1500 - INR 3,000 (USD 20 - USD 50)
  • Evaluation: INR 15,000 - INR 20,000 (USD 250 - USD 300)

Post-Surgical Expenses:

  • Follow-up consultations: INR 1,500 - INR 3,000 (USD 20 - USD 50)
  • Medications and pre-operative physicals: INR 2,000 - INR 10,000 (USD 50 - USD 120) per month

It is important for patients to discuss with their doctors to get a detailed estimate of the expected costs and understand their coverage.

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Does Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Craniotomy Surgery?

In India, health insurance policies cover medical treatments, including craniotomy surgery. However, the extent of coverage and the specific terms can vary depending on the insurance provider and the policy details. 

It is essential to verify the specifics of your policy, as coverage typically includes expenses like hospital stays, surgeon's fees, and anaesthesia fees. Detailed understanding and active communication with your insurance provider can help ensure that you receive the maximum possible coverage for these surgeries.

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Frequently Asked Qestions Related to Craniotomy Cost

A craniotomy involves removing and then replacing a piece of your skull to access your brain. On the other hand, during a craniectomy, a piece of your skull is also removed, but it is not immediately replaced after the surgery. You may require a follow-up surgery known as a cranioplasty to replace the missing part of your skull.

Yes, there will be a scar at the incision site. The scar will fade over time, but its visibility may vary based on individual healing and the location of the incision.

Signs of complications include severe headache, fever, excessive drowsiness, weakness, changes in vision or speech, seizures, and swelling or redness at the incision site. Any of these symptoms should be reported to a doctor immediately.

Most of patients can return to normal activities, though it may take time. The extent of recovery depends on the underlying condition treated, the surgery's complexity, and individual health factors.

Yes, a craniotomy can be performed more than once if necessary. The decision depends on the patient's condition and medical history, and it should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

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