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Craniotomy in India

Craniotomy in India

the process of removing a bony flap from the skull area in order 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 treatment of brain cancer, brain tumour, brain aneurysm and in cases of accidental brain injury. it has minimum invasion and hence is widely used. ... Read More

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi
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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi

Multi Specialty
  • 1000 Number of beds
  • New Delhi
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Doctors for Craniotomy in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi

Dr. Sudhir Tyagi

Consultant
Neurosurgeon
  • 25 years of experience

Dr. Ravi Bhatia

Senior Consultant
Neurosurgeon
Spine Surgeon
  • 49 years of experience

Dr. Sogani Shani Kumar

Senior Consultant
Neurosurgeon
Spine Surgeon
  • 35 years of experience

Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Senior Consultant
Neurosurgeon
Spine Surgeon
  • 36 years of experience

Dr. Pranav Kumar

Senior Consultant
Neurosurgeon
  • 25 years of experience
Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon
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Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon

Super Specialty
  • 300 Number of beds
  • Gurgaon
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Doctors for Craniotomy in Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon

Dr. Sandeep Vaishya

Director
Neurosurgeon
Spine Surgeon
  • 20 years of experience

Dr. Rana Patir

Director
Neurosurgeon
  • 24 years of experience

Dr. Vijay Kant Dixit

Director
Neurosurgeon
  • 17 years of experience

Dr. Utkarsh Bhagat

Consultant
Neurosurgeon
  • 7 years of experience
Manipal Hospital (Old Airport Road) Bangalore
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Manipal Hospital (Old Airport Road) Bangalore

Multi Specialty
  • 650 Number of beds
  • Bangalore
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Doctors for Craniotomy in Manipal Hospital (Old Airport Road) Bangalore

Dr. K M Bopanna

Head of Department
Neurosurgeon
  • 24 years of experience

Dr. Praveen Ganigi

Consultant
Neurosurgeon
  • 19 years of experience

Frequently Asked Questions related to Craniotomy

Craniotomy Surgery

What are the side effects of craniotomy?

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.

How long do you stay in the hospital after a craniotomy?

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

How long does it take to recover after a craniotomy?

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.

When can the patient resume work?

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.

What are the restrictions of the patient post craniotomy surgery?

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.

Will this procedure hamper my neck movement?

There is no such restriction on the neck movement.

What risks are associated with craniotomy?

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.

For how many days do i need to stay in the hospital?

5 days in the hospital.

What you should do before the procedure?

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

How craniotomy surgery is done?

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.

How long does it take for craniotomy surgery?

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

For how long will the patient stay in the ICU?

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.

For how long will the patient stay in the ICU?

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.

For how many days do i need to stay in the hospital?

5 days in hospital.

When can the patient resume work?

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.

Will this procedure hamper my neck movement?

There is no such restriction on the neck movement.

Can the tumor be removed completely?

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.

Is it true i will have to be awake during my craniotomy?

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

Do I need any more treatment after this surgery? Like Chemo or Radiation?

It depends upon the osteopathy reports of the tumor sample.

How should the patient prepare himself/herself a week before the surgery?

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

Is it a cancerous or non-cancerous tumor?

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

Can the patient have food or water before the craniotomy surgery?

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

Is it a cancerous or non-cancerous tumor?

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.

Can the patient have food or water before the craniotomy surgery?

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

When would a craniotomy be performed?

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

What are the restrictions of the patient post craniotomy surgery?

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.

Is a craniotomy a high risk surgery?

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

Is a craniotomy a serious 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.

How should the patient prepare himself/herself a week before the surgery?

 

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

What is Craniotomy?

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.

Can the tumor be removed completely?

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.

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