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Cranioplasty is a surgical procedure to repair a defect or deformity of the skull. The procedure involves the placement of a custom-made synthetic or biological material to restore the normal shape and contour of the skull. Cranioplasty may be necessary after a traumatic injury or as part of treatment for certain medical conditions, such as craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which the bones of the skull fuse too early, leading to an abnormal head shape and increased pressure on the brain. The procedure can be performed using various techniques, including the use of autologous bone grafts (from the patient's own body), synthetic materials, or a combination of both. The choice of technique depends on the individual patient's needs and the extent of the skull defect.
Cranioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require a hospital stay of several days, depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual patient's needs. Recovery from cranioplasty can be a gradual process, and patients will need to follow specific instructions regarding activity restrictions and wound care to ensure proper healing. We use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the extent of the cranioplasty and the individual patient's needs. Typically, the procedure can take several hours.
Is cranioplasty a safe procedure?
Cranioplasty is generally considered safe, but like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, and implant rejection.
What is the recovery time for cranioplasty?
Recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual patient's needs. Generally, patients can expect to spend several days in the hospital and may need to follow specific instructions regarding activity restrictions and wound care to ensure proper healing.