Craniotomy / Craniectomy / Cranioplasty
A Craniotomy is the most commonly performed surgery for brain tumor removal. It also may be done to remove a blood clot (hematoma), to control hemorrhage from a weak, leaking blood vessel (cerebral aneurysm), to repair arteriovenous malformations (abnormal connections of blood vessels), to drain a brain abscess, to relieve pressure inside the skull, to perform a biopsy, or to inspect the brain.
A Craniectomy is similar to a craniotomy as both procedures involve removing a portion of the skull, the difference is that after a craniotomy the bone is replaced and after a craniectomy the bone is not immediately replaced.
A Cranioplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deformity or defect of the skull and it is usually performed following a traumatic injury to the skull or after a previous brain surgery such as a craniotomy or craniectomy. In order to correct the defect the physician may have to use a prosthetic or other synthetic surgical material to complete the procedure.
Central Florida Neurology Institute has four offices conveniently located in Orlando, Celebration, Clermont and Kissimmee. For more information about the craniotomy, craniectomy or cranioplasty procedures we perform, please contact us at 407-288-8638.