What is Craniotomy

What exactly is Craniotomy? Our medical encyclopedia can get you started in your journey to learn more about this procedure. Continue your research by choosing one of the procedure sections to the left.

Craniotomy Definition


A craniotomy is a surgery done on the head. The surgeon cuts through the skull to reach the brain. There are different types of craniotomies, including:

  • Burr hole-A small hole is made in the skull.
  • Traditional craniotomy-A piece of skull is cut out and then put back after the surgery.
  • Stereotaxy-A computer is used to help find where things are in the brain during the surgery.
  • Awake craniotomy-The patient is awake during part of the surgery.


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