They happen in real life and not just on TV

March 27, 2009

Craniotomy’s are things of horror movies, or TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy. It never crosses our mind that these things happen in real life, but they do. Many times a day in the city that you live in, whether planned like mine, or unexpectedly due to an accident for example… they are happening.

This is a series of clear diagrams and annotations from the Mayfield Clinic that shows how a craniotomy is performed (I take no credit for the information below, it belongs to The Mayfield Clinic). My neurosurgeon explained this to my husband and I verbally, but this is exactly the picture that formed in my head. It is good to be aware of all the layers of your head that need to heal afterwards so that you can truly respect the recovery time needed… and it’s a while considering you can look perfectly normal on the outside.

 

Figure 1. Craniotomies are often named for the bone being removed. Some common craniotomies include frontotemporal, parietal, temporal, and suboccipital.

 

Figure 2. The patient’s head is placed in a three-pin Mayfield skull clamp. The clamp attaches to the operative table and holds the head absolutely still during delicate brain surgery. The skin incision is usually made behind the hairline (dashed line).

 

Figure 3. A craniotomy is cut with a special saw called a craniotome. The bone flap is removed to reveal the protective covering of the brain called the dura.

 

Figure 4. The dura is opened and folded back to expose the brain.

 

Figure 5. The bone flap is replaced and secured to the skull with tiny plates and screws.

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2 Responses to “They happen in real life and not just on TV”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Wonder if you will set of metal detectors at airports now? The bells ring for Julian every time.

  2. SJR Says:

    They say no, but we shall see!


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