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Craniotomy

Craniotomy

A craniotomy is the surgical removal of a small piece of bone from the skull to expose the brain. It gives a surgeon access to the brain in order to remove or treat a brain tumor or repair an aneurysm (a bulging artery). The piece of bone that was removed from the skull will be replaced and secured with sutures or wires after the brain surgery is performed.

Computers and 3-D imaging technology typically are used to ensure that your healthcare team performs surgery on the precise location of the tumor. Your physician will either take out a piece of the tumor for examination or remove the tumor entirely. The surgeon will remove only the tumor, leaving as much healthy surrounding tissue as possible.

Recovery
After surgery, your neurologic and brain functions will be checked, and you will be asked to do some physical therapy exercises to help you regain strength and balance.

The surgeons at Rex Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists can help you decide on the treatment that's best for you. They specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery and are experienced in diagnosing and treating disc disorders and disease, using the newest techniques for relieving pain and returning you to an active lifestyle. To make an appointment at Rex Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists, call 919-784-1410.

Resources

MedlinePlus
Brain Tumor Foundation
Brain Aneurysm Foundation

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