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Craniotomy for a Brain Bleed

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a craniotomy?

A craniotomy is surgery to remove part of the skull bone. This lets the surgeon fix problems in the brain. A craniotomy may be done to control bleeding and decrease pressure in the brain. Bleeding or swelling may be caused by a stroke, a blood vessel that bursts, or a head injury.

What will happen during a craniotomy?

What will happen after a craniotomy?

What can be done to help the person recover in the hospital?

Follow activity instructions from the person's healthcare provider. The following are some things you can do to help the person recover:

What are the risks of a craniotomy?

The person may get an infection or bleed more than expected. Nerves and blood vessels in his or her brain may be damaged during surgery. This may cause problems with memory, speech, balance, or movement. A craniotomy may increase the person's risk for a stroke, seizure, or coma. These problems may become life-threatening.

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