Craniotomy for extradural haemotoma

Our leading neurosurgeons treat bleeding on the brain (haematoma) through surgery

About an extradural haemotoma

A craniotomy is an effective treatment for an extradural haematoma. Extradural haematoma is a condition is where blood collects and clots between the inner surface of the skull and the firm covering of the brain (dura). It's usually caused by a head injury or skull fracture. Extradural haematomas are usually treated urgently in major trauma centres, but occasionally they may develop slowly with fewer effects on the patient, and these are sometimes treated in private hospitals.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep. Your head will usually be partly shaved prior to the surgery. To start the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in your scalp over the area of the blood clot (haematoma). They'll then use a drill to make a temporary window in the skull. Next, they'll remove the blood clot from the dura using suction and irrigation (washing out with fluid). Once the haematoma has been removed, your consultation will put the section of skull they removed back in place and secure it. 
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will wake up in the theatre recovery unit, where you will be monitored closely. It's not unusual to feel nauseous after surgery, and this will be controlled with medication.

    Your consultant may suggest a follow up MRI or CT scan to observe your progress after surgery. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise. Stitches are usually removed around 10 days after surgery.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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