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The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.
Cranioplasty & Craniotomy Surgery Cost in India starts from US $ 4,900 and varies depending on the medical condition of the patient, any comorbidity which may increase stay at the hospital, surgeon, facility and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.
Factors that affect Craniotomy Surgery Cost in India
An important expense when it comes to your brain tumor surgery is going to be your neurosurgeon’s fees. IndiCure recommends highly experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be assured that you are in safe and skilled hands when you choose brain tumor surgery in India with IndiCure.
Patient’s Medical Condition
The patient’s medical condition affects the cost of craniotomy. Whether the patient has any comorbidities that may require extra or special investigations or may require the length of the hospital stay to increase affects craniotomy cost in India to a great extent. While some costs can be ascertained before the surgery, some are not.
Having your craniotomy in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be affordable.
The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the age and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations required. Post-surgical expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.
We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.
Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.
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Craniotomy Surgery in India
A craniotomy is performed to gain access to the brain for surgery by removing a portion of the skull. After the surgery, the bone that was removed from the skull is usually replaced using sutures or metal plates. An example of a situation where a surgeon may choose to perform a craniotomy is for removal of a brain tumor.
Craniotomy is indicated in the following cases:
- When a portion of the skull is removed and replaced and in craniectomy the portion of the skull is removed but not immediately replaced.
- To create room for the brain to swell after trauma, to remove the bone due to an infection in the skull or a severely damaged skull with multiple fragments.
A patient can be advised to undergo a craniotomy to accomplish any of the following purposes:
- Removal of brain tumors
- Brain aneurysm repair
- Drainage of brain abscess
- Resection of arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Repair of full fracture
- Epilepsy treatment
- Hematoma treatment
- Implantation of neurostimulator (or brain pacemaker) to treat Parkinson’s Disease
- Repair tear in the dura matter
- Treatment of infection or swelling in the brain
- To relieve pressure from the brain
- To perform a biopsy
Types of Craniotomy
There are five different types of craniotomy surgeries. In India, practically every major hospital performs each of these techniques for craniotomy.
Extended Bifrontal Craniotomy: A part of the frontal skull is temporarily removed to remove malignancies such as esthesioneuroblastoma, malignant skull base tumors, and meningiomas.
Supra-Orbital Craniotomy: Using minimally invasive procedures, small incisions are made in the brow to gain access to the front section of the brain and remove the tumor. This procedure can also be used to remove pituitary tumors.
Retro-Sigmoid Craniotomy: A small incision is made behind the patient’s ear to provide access to the cerebellum and brain stem in order to remove tumors such as meningiomas and acoustic neuromas.
Orbitozygomatic Craniotomy: Aneurysms, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, and pituitary tumors are treated with this operation, which removes the bone that creates the contour of the orbit and cheek.
Translabyrinthine Craniotomy: To eliminate the tumor without damaging the brain, a portion of the inner and mastoid bones are removed.
Before performing craniotomy surgery, a neurosurgeon may undertake a series of blood tests, an electrocardiogram, a chest X-ray, a CT scan, and an MRI scan. These tests are used to assess the patient’s overall health as well as the condition in which he or she is afflicted.
While some people confuse Craniotomy with Cranioplasty, the two are different procedures.
A Cranioplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deformity or defect of the skull and it is usually performed following a traumatic injury to the skull or after a previous brain surgery such as a craniotomy or craniectomy. In order to correct the defect the physician may have to use a prosthetic or other synthetic surgical material to complete the procedure.
It is undertaken only after the neurosurgeon and the family accept the fact that there is a clinical issue involved due to the deformity and needs to be corrected.
Cranioplasty is indicated in the following cases:
- The deformity/defect could be congenital, as a result of trauma or acquired for example after a previous surgery involving the skull.
- A craniotomy is the most commonly performed surgery for brain tumor removal.
- It also may be done to remove a blood clot (hematoma), to control hemorrhage from a weak, leaking blood vessel (cerebral aneurysm), to repair arteriovenous malformations (abnormal connections of blood vessels),
- To drain a brain abscess, to relieve pressure inside the skull, to perform a biopsy, or to inspect the brain.
How is Craniotomy Surgery done?
Once the anesthesia makes you fall asleep, your surgeon will shave the hair on the surgical site. They’ll also clean the area to reduce the risk of infection. Your surgeon will make an incision on your scalp. They’ll use a medical drill and saw to remove a piece of bone called a bone flap.
Next, your surgeon will cut the dura mater to access the brain. The dura mater is the brain’s outermost membrane. Your surgeon will perform the procedure and remove tissue samples, if necessary. When the procedure is done, they’ll stitch the tissue back together. They’ll replace the bone flap with wires, stitches, or plates. Finally, your surgeon will stitch or staple the skin incision, then apply a sterile bandage.
How is Cranioplasty Surgery done?
You will get a local anesthetic, then the surgeon will carefully cut the skin of your scalp and gently separate it into layers, thereby protecting the dura, which covers the brain. The team cleans the edges of surrounding bone and prepares the surface so the bone or implant can be positioned properly in the defect, after which it is secured to the cranial bones with screws, plates or both.
With the bone or implant in place, bleeding is controlled, the team moves the scalp back to its original position and closes the incision with nylon suture.
What is the Recovery after Craniotomy like?
Surgery recovery can take anything from 4 to 8 weeks. After surgery, your wounds (incisions) may be uncomfortable for up to 5 days. Your scalp may swell as a result of the moisture. Numbness and shooting sensations may also occur near the area. Follow your doctor’s orders for bathing and incision care. Take your prescription medication as directed. You can expect to be out of work for at least 6 weeks.
What Results can I Expect from Craniotomy?
The death rate following scheduled craniotomy surgery is almost Zero.
Patients undergoing planned surgery for brain tumor removal spent an average of 5-6 days in the hospital, with 96 percent being allowed to go home after their stay and only 4% being admitted to a rehabilitation facility.
Questions to Ask
We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for cranioplasty/craniotomy surgery in India.
- Is it time for a cranioplasty/craniotomy surgery?
- Is the surgeon board certified?
- How experienced is the Surgeon?
- Which language does the surgeon speak?
- Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
- Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
- How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
- What about the risks involved?
- Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
- How long will the recovery period be?
Preparation for the Surgery
Prepare to answer questions about your:
- Medical history and exams
- Previous surgeries
- Current medication review
- History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol
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The staff at IndiCure provided me with all the information I needed to make the decision. I spoke with Dr Bakshi and that was really reassuring. The treatment and the staff were fabulous. I can now walk independently without any support. My friends and relatives were awestruck when I reached back walking. I even wrote an article about my recovery and experience, so that the people waiting to get treatment should know there exists a ray of hope for them also.
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Procedure: DBS Surgery for Parkinson’s
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
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.
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.
- 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.
Long-term restrictions are largely determined by the medical problem being addressed with surgery. Craniotomy does not usually result in any long-term consequences.
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.
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