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Craniotomy for glioma

Surgery to remove a brain tumour

Our neurosurgeons can carry out a crainotomy to remove gilomas, a type of brain tumour

About

Your neurosurgeon will start by creating a window in your skull to access your brain. Depending on the location of your glioma (tumour), they'll then aim to remove as much of it as they can. If the glioma is too close to healthy tissue, they may not be able to remove all of it. At the end of the procedure, your neurosurgeon will put the bone back in place and secure it. Tissue from the glioma will be sent away to be examined by a pathologist and your consultant will then guide you through your treatment options. A craniotomy for glioma is usually the start of a wider treatment plan, which may involve radiotherapy and chemothterapy.

Need to know

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    Your neurosurgeon will start by creating a flap in your skill to access your brain. Depending on the location of your glioma (tumour), they'll then aim to remove as much of it as they can. If the glioma is too close to healthy tissue, they may not be able to remove all of it. At the end of the procedure, your neurosurgeon will put the flap back in place and secure it with metal plates and screws. A biopsy of the glioma may be sent away to be tested for cancer. A craniotomy for glioma often forms part of a wider treatment plan, which may involve radiotherapy and chemothterapy.
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    Before your craniotomy for glioma, you'll most likely be asked to attend a pre-operation appointment. Your neurosurgeon 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

     
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    After your craniotomy, you'll be taken to our recovery ward. Depending on the normal practice of your surgeon, your head may be bandaged. If so, this will normally be removed after two to three days. During your stay in our recovery ward, you may have a drip placed into your arm to keep you hydrated, and you may also have a catheter inserted into your bladder. These will be removed as soon as you are eating, drinking and mobile. 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 glioma biopsies.
     
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • 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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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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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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