Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long does a craniotomy procedure take?
It's possible that the surgery will take 4 to 6 hours. Patients are transferred to the recovery room after the procedure, where the medical team examines the activities of important organs. The doctor may prescribe steroid drugs (to decrease edema) and anticonvulsant medications, depending on the surgery's requirements (for preventing seizures).
2. How long will I be in the hospital following the surgery?
In most cases, a hospital stay of three days to one week is required. This varies depending on the sort of surgery used to treat the problem.
3. When will I be able to return to work after the surgery?
The length of the recovery period and process is determined by the type of craniotomy performed and the purpose for the procedure. Patients' recovery times vary, and they may have difficulties walking, talking, balancing, or maintaining strength for a period of time after surgery. Depending on your situation and needs, the doctor will prescribe drugs and rehabilitation therapy.
4. What post-surgery precautions should I take?
- Lifting heavy objects should be avoided unless your doctor advises otherwise.
- Avoid engaging in intense activity.
- Lifting anything above the waist and over the head for an extended amount of time should be avoided.
- Do not drive a car until the doctor provides you specific driving advice at a follow-up appointment.
- Gradually increase the amount of walking and other activities you do inside and outside the house.
- With your doctor's consent, you may resume sexual activity.
5. Will this operation have any long-term consequences?
Long-term restrictions are largely determined by the medical problem being addressed with surgery. Craniotomy does not usually result in any long-term consequences.
6. What is the difference between craniotomy and cranioplasty?
A craniotomy is used to treat a variety of brain diseases, including as removing a brain tumor, removing a blood clot (hematoma), repairing cerebral aneurysms, repairing arteriovenous malformations, alleviating pressure inside the skull, or performing a biopsy.
A cranioplasty is a type of brain surgery that corrects a malformation or defect in the skull. People who have suffered a serious injury to the head or who have had brain surgery in the past frequently need this (craniotomy or craniectomy). A prosthesis or other synthetic surgical device is used by the doctor.