What Is a Craniotomy?

Human brain with visible skull lateral view

When a brain tumor or damage resulting from head trauma is in an area accessible through surgery, a craniotomy may be used to allow access to the brain tissue for the removal of tumors, relief of pressure in the skull, or excision of blood clots. During the craniotomy, the skull is actually opened, creating a flap that is replaced after the surgery is complete. In some cases, patients may be awakened after the opening is made depending on the nature of the surgery. Because the craniotomy does involve the opening of the skull, it will require a hospital stay following the procedure to control any post-surgical risks.

MountainView Hospital now offers craniotomy procedures in addition to our other neurology and neurosurgery services to meet the growing needs of the Las Vegas community. You can get to know our Neurology and Neurosurgery department on our website or call us directly at (702) 233-5300. 

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