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Stereotactic Computer Guided Craniotomy for Tumor Resection

A craniotomy is a surgery that removes part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain. Your MMG Neurosurgeon may perform a craniotomy for tumor resection (tumor removal). During this procedure, specialized tools remove the section of bone called the bone flap. The bone flap is replaced after the brain surgery is complete.

Craniotomy for Removal of Hemorrhage

During this procedure, your MMG Neurosurgeon removes a portion of the skull and conducts open surgery to repair a hemorrhage. This surgical procedure is usually the recommendation when the hemorrhage is very big, or when it’s compressing the brain stem, where critical functions are controlled.

Craniectomy for Chiari Malformation

Chiari malformation is an abnormality that causes part of the brain to extend into the upper spinal canal. During a craniectomy, your MMG Neurosurgeon removes small sections of bone from the rear of the skull and spine to make more space for the brain tissue. Through this surgical method, your Neurosurgeon hopes to relieve compression, control the progression of symptoms and restore the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt

Ventriculoperitoneal shunting is a surgery performed to treat excess cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities of the brain (hydrocephalus). Hydrocephalus causes higher than normal pressure on the brain. It can also cause brain damage. Hydrocephalus can occur spontaneously or from trauma.Some older adults may develop a condition called normal pressure hydrocephalus or NPH.

Epidural hematomas

An epidural hematoma (EDH) is bleeding between the inside of the skull and the outer covering of the brain (called the dura). An EDH is often caused by a skull fracture during childhood or adolescence. The membrane covering the brain is not as closely attached to the skull as it is in older people and children younger than 2 years. Therefore, this type of bleeding is more common in young people.

An EDH can also occur due to rupture of a blood vessel, usually an artery. The blood vessel then bleeds into the space between the dura and the skull.

Subdural Hematomas

A subdural hematoma is a collection of blood between the covering of the brain (dura) and the surface of the brain. It is most often the result of a head injury. Emergency surgery may be needed to reduce pressure within the brain. This may involve drilling a small hole in the skull to drain any blood and relieve pressure on the brain. Large hematomas or solid blood clots may need to be removed through a procedure called a craniotomy, which creates a larger opening in the skull.