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Awake Craniotomy

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is an Awake Craniotomy?

An awake craniotomy is a surgical procedure in which a patient is awake and alert during brain surgery. The purpose of this procedure is to allow the surgeon to remove brain tumors or perform other brain surgery while minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy brain tissue.

Before the procedure:

Before the awake craniotomy, the patient will undergo a thorough preoperative evaluation, which may include imaging studies and neurological tests. The patient will also meet with the anesthesia team to discuss the anesthesia plan, which will involve a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.

During the procedure:

During the awake craniotomy, the patient will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area of the scalp where the surgery will take place. The patient will also be given sedation to help them relax during the procedure. The surgeon will then make an incision in the scalp and use a drill to remove a small portion of the skull. Once the brain is exposed, the patient will be asked to perform certain tasks, such as speaking, counting, or moving their arms and legs, to help the surgeon identify and avoid critical areas of the brain. The surgeon will use specialized tools and techniques to remove the tumor or perform other brain surgery while continuously monitoring the patient's neurological function.

After the procedure:

After the awake craniotomy, the patient will be monitored closely in the recovery room until they are fully awake and able to communicate effectively. They may experience some mild pain or discomfort at the surgical site, which can be managed with pain medication. The patient may need to stay in the hospital for a few days for observation and monitoring before being discharged.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your awake craniotomy procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. They are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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