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About the Surgery

What is a Craniotomy?

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A craniotomy is the temporary removal of a small portion of the skull . The doctor may perform a craniotomy to have access to the brain in order to treat any one or more conditions. At the conclusion of whatever procedure is necessary, the skull is replaced.

Some reasons to have a craniotomy:

  • Epilepsy
  • Brain Tumor
  • Arteriovenous malformation, Cavernous malformation
  • Brain lesion, cyst or abscess
  • Trauma to the brain
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Day of the Surgery

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  • Your surgical team will be with you every step of the way
  • You will be in the ICU after your surgery
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After the Surgery

What is the post-op home care for a Craniotomy?

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Incision Care

  • Wash incision with mild shampoo/water daily
  • You may scrub incision lightly with washcloth to help prevent scab formation
  • Do not go to the  beach/pool until cleared by provider
  • Avoid direct sunlight on incision, may cover area to go outside


  • Light activity until seen in clinic
  • No school for first 2 weeks after discharge, unless cleared by provider
  • No participation in Physical Education for 1 month


  • You may take over the counter medications, which include:
    • Acetaminophen every 4 hours as needed
    • Ibuprofen every 6 hours as needed
    • These medications may be alternated

Follow-up Office Visit

  • Your follow up visit with the Neurosurgery practice will be 10-14 days after leaving the hospital.  This visit will be to remove your sutures (if applicable) and a physical evaluation.
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When to call the office

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  • Fever greater than 101.5°F degrees oral
  • Headaches not relieved with pain medication
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Increased swelling, redness or oozing from incision area
  • Changes in alertness, increased seizure activity
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Questions or Concerns?

Call us @ 305-662-8386

This page was last updated on: January 29, 2019 03:21 PM

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