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Craniectomy

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Craniectomy

What is a Craniectomy?

During a craniectomy, part of the skull is removed in order to relieve intracranial pressure.

Also Known As:        

  • Depression craniectomy
  • Brain surgery
  • Skull surgery

Conditions Treated with a Craniectomy:

A craniectomy is performed in cases of brain trauma or intracranial pressure, which can result in permanent brain damage.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Craniectomy:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to a craniectomy.

Anesthesia with a Craniectomy:

Craniectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from a Craniectomy:

Possible risks following a craniectomy include infection, nerve damage, brain damage, seizures, brain swelling, hemorrhage, coma, cerebral vasospasm and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Recovery from a Craniectomy:

Recovery from a craniectomy takes one to four weeks, or longer.

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