Cranioplasty

Cranioplasty is a surgical repair of a defect or deformity of a skull. Cranioplasty is almost as ancient as trepanation. There is evidence that Incan and Muisca surgeons were performing cranioplasty using precious metals and gourds.

Is Cranioplasty dangerous?

All surgical procedures carry some form of risk. The most common risks associated with a cranioplasty include infection, blood clot formation, seizures and stroke.

Why is a Cranioplasty performed?

Cranioplasty might be performed for any of the following reasons:
Protection: In certain places, a cranial defect can leave the brain vulnerable to damage.
Function: Cranioplasty may improve neurological function for some patients
Headaches: Cranioplasty can reduce headaches due to previous surgery or injury.

What kind of surgery is a Cranioplasty?

Cranioplasty is a neurosurgical procedure designed to repair or reshape irregularities or imperfections in the skull. A bone graft from elsewhere in the body or a synthetic material may be used to repair defects or gaps in the cranial (skull) bones.

What is autologous Cranioplasty?

Autologous cranioplasty with a bone flap preserved subcutaneously in the mesogastrium. Cranioplasty with autologous bone flap is indicated in patients who have undergone decompressive craniectomy. Although it is an elective procedure, literature data indicate complication rates of up to 30%.

What is the difference between a craniotomy and a craniectomy?

A craniectomy is a surgical procedure that is very similar to a craniotomy, but with one key difference. After a craniectomy, the bone fragment is not immediately put back into place.

Does hair grow back after craniotomy?

After the operation, your hair will grow back where it has been shaved. Once the wound on your head has healed, and your stitches or clips have been removed, you can wash your hair and use hair products as usual. You can also dye or treat your hair once the wound has healed.

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