Craniotomy Cost In India

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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.

Craniotomy cost in India for Indian Patients is between Rs.293040 to Rs.390720. Cost for International patients is between USD 5940 to USD 7260.

Patient has to stay in the hospital for 5 days and outside the hospital for 10 days. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

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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]

Cost related to Craniotomy in India

Listing approximate price of Craniotomy and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.

Treatment name Cost range
Craniotomy Surgery Rs.293040 to Rs.390720
Microvascular Decompression MVD Rs.288600 to Rs.384800

Frequently asked questions related to expenses that most patients have when planing for Craniotomy.

What are the tests included before Craniotomy and its 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.

Is the pharmacy and medicine cost included in the package?

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.

How long the patient has to stay in the hospital after the Craniotomy?

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.

How much does Craniotomy cost in different cities in India?

The price varies across the cities. Tier 1 Cities are usualy more expencive thane tier 2 cities. The price for Craniotomy in different cities in India is approximately in the range of:

  • New Delhi: Rs.247619 to Rs.387301
  • Gurgaon: Rs.253968 to Rs.380952
  • Noida: Rs.238095 to Rs.396825
  • Chennai: Rs.253968 to Rs.365079
  • Mumbai: Rs.260317 to Rs.387301
  • Bangalore: Rs.247619 to Rs.374603
  • Kolkata: Rs.238095 to Rs.358730
  • Jaipur: Rs.222222 to Rs.355555
  • Mohali: Rs.228571 to Rs.539682
  • Ahmedabad: Rs.212698 to Rs.352381
  • Hyderabad: Rs.244444 to Rs.371428

How much does Craniotomy cost in different countries?

For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Craniotomy in different countries is approximately:

  • Turkey USD 5600 to USD 8400
  • Thailand USD 19200 to USD 28800
  • Germany USD 8000 to USD 12000
  • Malaysia USD 10560 to USD 15840

List of Centers for Craniotomy in India

Popular Cities in India for Craniotomy are:

Leading Hospitals for Craniotomy in India

Doctors for Craniotomy in India

The process of craniotomy is done by neurosurgeon.

Listing popular specialists:

Dr. Rana Patir

Dr. Rana Patir

Director, 24 years of experience

Fortis Memorial Research Institute, GurgaonLocation

<p class="rtejustify">Dr. Patir specializes in performing the following:</p> <ul> <li class="rtejustify">Neuromodulation (for pain management)</li> <li class="rtejustify">Neurovascular Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Minimal Invasive Brain Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Pediatric Neurosurgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Epilepsy Surgery</li> </ul>

Dr. Sandeep Vaishya

Dr. Sandeep Vaishya

Director, 27 years of experience

Fortis Memorial Research Institute, GurgaonLocation

<p>Dr. Sandeep Vaishya specializes in the following:</p> <ul> <li>Intracranial Brain Tumour Surgery</li> <li>Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery</li> <li>Minimally Invasive brain surgery</li> <li>Image Guided Neurosurgery</li> <li>Brachial Plexus surgery</li> <li>Spine Surgery</li> </ul>

Dr. Arun Saroha

Dr. Arun Saroha

Consultant, 19 years of experience

Max Super Specialty Hospital, GurgaonLocation

<p class="rtejustify" dir="ltr">Dr. Arun Saroha is a Neurosurgeon in Delhi NCR, India, for various neurosurgeries, including:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li class="rtejustify">Pediatric Brain and Spine Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Stroke Cerebrovascular Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery </li> <li class="rtejustify">Spine Fixation and Fusion Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Scoliosis Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Brain Tumor Surgery </li> <li class="rtejustify">Brain Aneurysm Surgery</li> </ul>

Dr. Bipin Walia

Dr. Bipin Walia

Director, 30 years of experience

Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New DelhiLocation

Neurosurgery , Spinal Surgeries , Image guided surgery, Disc replacement, Endoscopic Disc surgery Endoscopic Cranial Surgery, Brain Tumour Surgery, Special focus on Minimally Invasive Surgery for Spinal Tumours

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Director, 21 years of experience

Artemis Hospital, GurgaonLocation

<p>Dr. Aditya Gupta specializes in the following:</p> <ul> <li>Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)</li> <li>Brain Tumor Surgery</li> <li>Radiosurgery (Cyberknife, Gamma Knife) Spine Surgery</li> <li>DBS Surgery for Parkinsons' Disease</li> <li>Brachial Plexus and Nerve Surgery</li> <li>Cerebrovascular Surgery (Aneurysms, AVMs)</li> </ul>

Dr Vipul Gupta

Dr Vipul Gupta

Director, 21 years of experience

Artemis Hospital, GurgaonLocation

Neurointerventional Surgery Endovascular treatment, Endovascular revascularization, Spinal interventions, Endovascular treatment of cerebral vasospasm by vasodilators and angioplasty, Embolization of carotid cavernous fistulas with detachable balloons or coils, Tumor embolization in head and neck region, Neurovascular Imaging

Dr. V. P. Singh

Dr. V. P. Singh

Chairman, 30 years of experience

Medanta - The Medicity, GurgaonLocation

<p class="rtejustify" dir="ltr">Dr. V. P. Singh is a neurosurgeon in Delhi NCR, India, for various neurology treatments, including:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li class="rtejustify">Epilepsy Surgery </li> <li class="rtejustify">Gamma Knife Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Cerebrovascular Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Brain Tumour Surgery</li> </ul>

Dr. Balamurugan M

Dr. Balamurugan M

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, ChennaiLocation

Brain Dural Arteriovenous Fistula Embolization, CSF Rhinorrhoea Repair Surgery, Carotid Body Tumour Embolization, Brain Aneurysm Treatment, Foot Drop

Dr. Rahul Gupta

Dr. Rahul Gupta

HOD, 18 years of experience

Fortis Hospital, NoidaLocation

Vascular and Endovascular neurosurgery, Minimally invasive spine surgery, Pediadtric neurosurgery, Epilepsy and functional neurosurgery, Brain tumor and skull base neurosurgery

Dr. Ravi Bhatia

Dr. Ravi Bhatia

Senior Consultant, 49 years of experience

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New DelhiLocation

Neuro – Oncology, Brain and Spine Tumours, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Migraine, Sleep Disorders, Epilepsy, Headache, Seizures, Hyperactivity, Stroke, Head Trauma, Parkinson's Disease, Neuropathy, Alzheimer Disease, Dementia, Attention Deficit, Cranio Vertebral Anomalies

Dr. Sudhir Tyagi

Dr. Sudhir Tyagi

Consultant, 25 years of experience

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New DelhiLocation

<p dir="ltr">Dr. Sudhir Tyagi is a neurosurgeon in Delhi NCR, India, for various neurosciences and neurology treatments, including:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Acute stroke treatment</li> <li>Biofeedback therapy</li> <li>Brain mapping surgery</li> <li>Carotid angioplasty</li> <li>Carotid endarterectomy (carotid artery surgery)</li> <li>Carotid stenting</li> <li>Cervical and lumbar disk replacement (arthroplasty)</li> <li>Cranial base surgery</li> <li>Decompression surgery</li> <li>Deep brain stimulation (DBS)</li> <li>Brain pacemaker</li> <li>Discectomy or microdiscectomy</li> <li>Foraminotomy</li> <li>Guglielmi detachable coil (GDC) procedure </li> <li>Intraoperative angiography (IOA)</li> <li>Kyphoplasty</li> <li>Laminectomy</li> </ul>

Dr. Arun L. Naik

Dr. Arun L. Naik

Head of Department, 17 years of experience

Apollo Hospital (Bannerghatta Road) Bangalore Location

<p class="rtejustify" dir="ltr">Dr. Arun L. Naik is a Neurosurgeon in Delhi NCR, India, for various neurosurgeries, including:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li class="rtejustify">Re-do Brain Tumor Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Framed and Frameless Stereotactic Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">CV Junction Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Neurovascular Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Endoscopic Brain and Spine Procedures</li> <li class="rtejustify">Movement Disorders Procedures</li> <li class="rtejustify">Functional Neurosurgery for Pain and Spasticity</li> </ul>

Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh

Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh

Senior Consultant, 26 years of experience

Apollo Proton Cancer Centre, ChennaiLocation

<p class="rtejustify" dir="ltr">Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh is a Neurosurgeon in Delhi NCR, India, for various neurosurgeries, including:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li class="rtejustify">Skull Base Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Pediatric Neurosurgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Neuro-oncology</li> <li class="rtejustify">Stereotactic Neurosurgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Spine Surgery</li> <li class="rtejustify">Vascular Surgery</li> </ul>

Dr. Paresh K. Doshi

Dr. Paresh K. Doshi

Consultant, 21 years of experience

Jaslok Hospital, MumbaiLocation

<p>Dr. Paresh K. Doshi is a Neurosurgeon in Delhi NCR, India, for various neurosurgeries, including:</p> <ul> <li>Brain Tumor Surgery</li> <li>Deep Brain Stimulation </li> <li>Epilepsy Surgery</li> <li>Surgery for Movement Disorders, including Parkinson's Disease</li> </ul>

Dr. Batuk Diyora

Dr. Batuk Diyora

Consultant, 20 years of experience

S. L. Raheja Hospital, MumbaiLocation

Neurosurgery Neuro-Oncology Spine Surgery Spine Related Disorders Pediatric Neurosurgery Acoustic Neuroma Removal Artificial Disc Replacement Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery

Dr. Abhaya Kumar

Dr. Abhaya Kumar

Head of Department, 15 years of experience

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, MumbaiLocation

Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Paediatric Neurosurgery

Dr. Ranganathan Jothi

Dr. Ranganathan Jothi

Senior Consultant, 32 years of experience

Vijaya Hospital, ChennaiLocation

Herniated disc Neck hernia Spinal Canal Stenosis Neurosis Spondylolisthesis (Waist Shift) Brain Tumors Brain Diseases Nerve entrapment Hand numbness

Dr. Rahul Lath

Dr. Rahul Lath

Consultant, 28 years of experience

Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills HyderabadLocation

Chest Pain Treatment Deep Brain Stimulation Gamma-Knife Radiosurgery Brain infection Laminectomy Spine Surgery

Dr. Joy Varghese

Dr. Joy Varghese

Consultant, 26 years of experience

Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, ChennaiLocation

Deep brain stimulation, Craniotomy, Brain Tumour Treatment

Dr. R T S Naik

Dr. R T S Naik

Consultant, 24 years of experience

Apollo Hospital, HydergudaLocation

Minimally invasive spine surgery, Neuro Endoscopy, Brain & Spine surgery

Success Rate

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

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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