Craniotomy

Craniotomy is a surgical procedure to temporarily remove of a part of the bone from the skull, for better access to the intracranial area of the brain.

Cost of Craniotomy in Delhi NCR

Craniotomy Cost from trusted Hospitals in Delhi NCR

Sector 44, Opposite HUDA City Centre Metro Station, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122002, India
 Capacity :1000 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
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Neurosurgeon in Fortis Gurgaon
Sandeep Vaishya
Neurosurgery
Rana Patir
Neurosurgery
Chandragupt Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, 110021, India
NABH 
NABL 
 Capacity :250 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Endocrinology, Neurology, ENT, Neurosurgery, Renal Transplantation, Surgical Oncology, Dental Surgery, Laparoscopic S...
Neurosurgeon in Primus Hospital Delhi
Krishna K Choudhary
Neurosurgery
C-1 Sushant Lok- 1 , Sector-43 Phase- I, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122002, India
NABH 
NABL 
 Capacity :250 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Dental Surgery, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiation Oncology, Internal Medicine, ...
Neurosurgeon in Paras Hospital Gurgaon
Amit Srivastav
Neurosurgery
VS Mehta
Neurosurgery
Fortis Escorts, Okhla Road, New Delhi, 110025, India
NABH 
NABL 
JCI 
NABH - BLOOD BANK 
 Capacity : 310 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Cardiology Electrophysiology, Gastroenterology, Diabetology, General Surgery, Neurology, Cardiology, ENT, Neurosurger...
Neurosurgeon in Fortis Escorts Delhi
Vikram Dua
Neurosurgery
Ashish Gupta
Neurosurgery
Mathura Road, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi, 110076, India
NABL 
JCI 
 Capacity :700 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Paediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Paediatric Nephrology, Paediatric Orthopedics, Paediatric Neurology...
Neurosurgeon in Apollo Delhi
Chander M Malhotra
Neurosurgery
Shani Kumar Sogani
Neurosurgery
Block F, Gol Chakkar, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122017, India
NABH 
 Capacity :100 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology, ENT, Hemato Oncology, Neurosurgery, P...
B-22 , Sector 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 201301, India
NABH 
 Capacity :200 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, General Surgery, Neurology, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cardiology, ENT, Hemato Onc...
Neurosurgeon in Fortis Noida
Rahul Gupta
Neurosurgery
Harjinder Singh Bhatoe
Neurosurgery
Sector B, Pocket 1, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg,, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi, 110070, India
NABH 
 Capacity :200 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, General Surgery, Neurology, Cardiology, ENT, Hemato Oncology, Neurosurgery, Pediatri...
Neurosurgeon in Fortis Vasant Kunj
Anurag Gupta
Neurosurgery
Renu Achtani
Neurosurgery
Pusa Road, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, 110005, India
NABH 
NABL 
 Capacity :700 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, General Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Neurology, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cardi...
Neurosurgeon in BLK Hospital
Vikas Gupta
Neurosurgery
DJ Sharma
Neurosurgery
Press Enclave, Sheikh Sarai II  , Saket, New Delhi, Delhi, 110017, India
NABH 
 Capacity :100 Beds
Super Speciality Hospital
Known For: Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Renal Transplantation, Internal Medicine, Laparoscopic Su...

Description

Craniotomy is a surgical procedure to temporarily remove of a part of the bone from the skull, for better access to the intracranial area of the brain. The temporarily removed portion of the skull, called bone flap, is replaced to its original position and fastened to its place with screws and plates. 

If the bone plate is not replaced, then the procedure is called Craniectomy.

Depending on which portion of the skull is removed and replaced on, the procedure is categorized into Frontal, Pterional or Junctional Crainotomy.

A craniotomy that involves the use of a camera with a lighted scope inserted through a small incision in the skull is called an endoscopic craniotomy. When imaging and computer assisted navigation system are used in a craniotomy procedure, it is called stereotactic craniotomy.

Indication

A patient is recommended this surgery for:

  • Removal of brain tumors
  • Brain aneurysm repair
  • To drain a brain abscess
  • Resection of arteriovenuous malformation (AVM)
  • Skull fracture repair
  • To treat epilepsy
  • Brain disorders which cannot be treated without surgery
Pre-Procedure

The doctor will instruct the following:

  • Stopping blood thinning medications, at least 10 days before the surgery
  • Fasting for 8 to 10 hours prior to the procedure
  • Washing hair a night prior to surgery, and ensuring dry hair so that head can be shaved properly.

MRI scan is scheduled pre-surgery for a better understanding of the approach required to be taken by the surgeon.

During-Procedure

Craniotomy is generally performed under general anesthesia by an experienced neurosurgeon, and can take upto 4 to 6 hours. 

During the procedure, the surgeon will

  • Shave the part of the head to be operated on and the skin will be cleansed.
  • Insert an IV line in the arm and a urinary catheter to drain the urine.
  • Depending on the type of the procedure, make an incision from behind the ear to the nape of the neck, or in another location depending on the location of the procedure. For endoscopic surgery, incisions are smaller.
  • Pull the scalp back and access the brain. Drill or medical saw may be used to cut the skull.
  • Bone flap is removed, and thick covering below the bone is separated from the bone. Fluid is allowed to flow out.
  • Unhealthy tissue in the brain is removed using a specialized equipment. Intracranial pressure is also measured. 
  • Once the surgery is complete, the bone flaps are reattached. This is done with the use of medical screws and plates
  • Suture the incision and apply the bandage.
Post-Procedure

After the procedure is complete, the patient is generally required to stay in the hospital for 7 to 10 days.

Some swelling in the head may be observed after the surgery. During the hospital stay, there will be frequent checks to ensure the body is in coordiantion with brain. For example, pupils will be checked by flashing light on the eye, strength of arms and legs will be tested. 

After discharge, the doctor will recommend 

  • Doing deep breating exercises, allowing the lungs to expand and contract, thereby preventing pneumonia
  • Walking around a little to prevent clotting of blood in the legs and ensuring faster recovery
  • Exercising with the help of a physiotherapist
  • To avoid lifting heavy objects for a few weeks

Complete recovery takes 2 to 3 months after the procedure.

Risk and Complication

Craniotomy is a complicated surgery which may have the following risks and complications:

  • Brain hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • Seizures
  • Pneumonia and infection in the lungs
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Meningitis
  • Formation of blood clots
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
  • In rare cases, paralysis or memory problems
More Info

If you have any additional questions, talk to our in-house doctors. Call 1800-1022-733 (toll free).



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