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Craniotomy for glioblastomas

Glioblastomas are malignant tumours found in the brain — a craniotomy can be carried out to help treat them

About

Glioblastomas are malignant (cancerous) brain tumours. They can be extremely aggressive and spread quickly. As a result, removing these tumours can be challenging. At HCA Healthcare UK, we can carry out a craniotomy to remove as much of the tumour as possible.

Need to know

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    Your HCA UK neurosurgeon will begin by creating a flap in your skill so they can access your brain. They'll then aim to remove as much of the glioblastoma as they can, without affecting your brain's ability to function. To finish the procedure, your neurosurgeon will close the flap and secure it with metal plates and screws. A biopsy (sample) of the glioblastoma may be sent away to be tested for cancer. A craniotomy for glioblastoma often forms part of a wider treatment plan, involving radiotherapy and chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells. Unfortunately, reoccurring glioblastoma are common, even after surgery.
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    Before your craniotomy for glioblastoma, we'll ask you to attend a pre-operation appointment. During this appointment, your HCA Healthcare UK neurosurgeon or nurse specialist will explain what happens during a craniotomy and how to prepare for it. You'll most likely be asked to limit your food and drink intake in the hours leading up to the procedure, as you'll be receiving a general anaesthetic (which means you'll be asleep).
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    After your craniotomy, we'll take you to our recovery ward with your head will bebandaged. We'll remove this after two to three days. The nuts, screws and plates in your head will be removed at a later date. During your recovery, we'll insert a drip into your arm to keep you hydrated; and you may also have a catheter inserted into your bladder. These will be removed before you leave. Your consultant or nurse specialist will let you know when you can leave the hospital. They'll also arrange a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of the glioblastoma biopsies.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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