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Surgery help please

LorenzoLLorenzo Posts: 1
edited 07/01/2014 - 4:28 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello, I was trying to post this in the section I think was right but since I just created my account a minute ago it seems to not allow me to be logged in at any other section so I hope this location is fine because I really need some help with this question.


Well back in 2011 I was shot in the back of my head and they had to do brain surgery to fix me up. It went great and the surgeon really did a great job and I hope to reward him 1 day.
But the thing is, he did not replace the part of my skull he removed, I am sure it was because that location swelled up very huge and took a long time to go down. So replacing that part of the skull immediately after surgery would of resulted in alot of brain pressure.

But now its been about 3 years and the location is not swollen any longer and I wanted to have it covered up with some surgical implant, plastic skull or something.

I am worried as to having a dangerous procedure done again because I probable escaped death and can manage with having a small amount of my skull removed but I have been told by 1 doctor it would not be to bad and been told by the surgeon who first did the operation to leave it alone but I do want it replaced now because I am a young kid and very athletic.

Im wondering if my dura is good enough to endure any skull replacement, I dont want to have anyone open me up and find my dura is still damaged and it starts leaking fluid or something.

Im thinking this surgery would just involve the doctor making an incision in my head and just putting a new piece of skull in my head, no messing with the dura and definitely not the brain? Dangerous?

Please give me some thoughts on this because I know nothing about this stuff and have a big yes or no question to answer.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,639
    edited 07/01/2014 - 10:06 PM
    There is nobody qualified on this forum to give you the advice you need, I suggest you discuss this with a
    Neurosurgeon, and even get a second opinion.

    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-started

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I would consult with either the surgeon who did your original surgery or a very skilled brain surgeon who may be able to determine whether or not an operation of that type is available.
    The dura covers the spinal cord, there is another covering of the brain, which protects it under the skull cap.
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