What is Craniotomy ?
Craniotomy is a surgical removal of part of the skull (bone flap) to expose the brain. (done under general anesthesia). The bone flap is removed temporarily and replaced at the end of the surgery.
If the bone flap is not replaced immediately, its known as craniectomy.
Reasons For A Craniotomy
Common Risks Associated with Crainotomy:
Rare Risks related to specific places in the brain:
What happens after Surgery?
Initial management: Craniotomy patients are treated in ICU initially. Once the condition is stable, patient is moved to the room. The patient will need several more days in the hospital or in a transition care facility to recover faster and prevent complications.
Why Is Rehabilitation Care Needed After Craniotomy ?
The patient with craniotomy will need a multidisciplinary rehabilitation care. Each member of the team plays a vital role in total recovery of the patient.
Oxygen may be needed for many days. Patient will be monitored closely and gradually weaned off before discharge.
Regular checking of brain function. Following commands such as moving arms and legs. Strength of muscles, arms and legs, Pupillary function, general orientation to time, person and place.
Regular monitoring of the overall condition and reporting any deviations in health status.
Safe administration of prescribed medicines.