How a Suboccipital Craniectomy Can Address Chiari Malformation

Suboccipital craniectomy Head and brain conditions are a lot to manage. They can prove debilitating, and intervention often feels scary. If you suffer from Chiari malformation, there is a good chance that you need help. Before you dive into anything, you can take a minute to learn about suboccipital craniectomy and how it might help your condition.

What Is a Chiari Malformation?

A Chiari malformation is a type of abnormal brain structure. It classifies a condition where the cerebellum sits lower than normal inside of your head. This abnormality creates pressure between the cerebellum and the medulla (or brain stem).

The pressure can lead to a number of symptoms, ranging in severity. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor balance
  • Loss of motor control

Chiari malformations come in different degrees. Depending on your specific condition, you may or may not need direct medical intervention.

What Is a Suboccipital Craniectomy?

A suboccipital craniectomy is a surgical procedure designed specifically to treat Chiari malformation. The process involves an incision at the back of the head. The skull bone is then drilled so that some of the bone can be safely removed.

This process reduces the pressure between the cerebellum and medulla, lessening or even eliminating the symptoms.

In some cases, our surgeon might recommend an alternative procedure. That process involves a graft that creates more space where your brain needs it. While the procedure is different, the goal is the same: reducing pressure.

Remember that our surgeon will perform examinations to determine the exact nature of your condition and which procedures make the most sense. We will discuss all of it with you well before any procedures begin.

In either case, you are looking at a general anesthesia surgery. These are brain and head surgeries, so you will likely stay in the hospital for a few days after the procedure.

From there, recovery varies by person, but the average time is between 4 and 12 weeks.

Talk With Our Neurosurgeon Today

If you have symptoms or a diagnosed case of Chiari malformation, it is time to get expert help. Schedule an appointment with Texas Neurosurgery LLP today. You can call our Dallas office at 214-823-2052 to get started.

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