A craniotomy is a surgery to cut an opening in the skull and expose the brain. Here's what to expect:
- A neurosurgeon makes an incision through the skin and cuts out a small section of your skull, called a bone flap. The bone flap is removed to expose the brain underneath.
- The hematoma (a buildup of blood underneath the outer layer of the brain, from small veins that have been torn) is drained or removed.
- The bone flap is secured back in place, and the incision is closed back up with either sutures (stitches) or staples.
- You are closely monitored in the intensive care unit (ICU).