Neuroplastic surgery is a new surgical specialty developed at Johns Hopkins. By bridging the gap between neurosurgery and plastic surgery, we ensure patients have complete preservation or restoration of their preoperative appearance, providing them with an enhanced sense of confidence, health and happiness.
How a Neuroplastic Approach Helps Prevent deformity during a brain, skull or scalp procedure
Brain Tumor Surgery
Preserving appearance following tumor removal
Optimizing and concealing neuromodulation device placement
Encasing shunt valves in discreet cranial implants
Movement Disorders Surgery
Minimizing risk of complications associated with implanted devices
Using team-based, personalized evaluations and treatment plans
Detecting dangerous complications with embedded pressure sensors
Designing customized skull implants to replace bone and/or muscle
Scalp Tumor Surgery
Removing dangerous tumors while preserving normal scalp appearance
Cranioplasty for traumatic brain injury
Alleviating visible deformity and scalp ischemia by embedding a shunt within a valve agnostic cranial implant
Skull tumor removal and simultaneous cranioplasty to prevent a skull defect, visual deformity and social stigma
Cranioplasty and an embedded neuromodulation device for epilepsy
Reconstruction and cranioplasty to correct post-neurosurgical temporal hollowing over the left forehead after meningioma removal
Skull Restoration | Dennis' Story
Life-saving surgery after a two-story fall left Dennis alive but with 45% of his skull missing. Stalled in his recovery due to incomplete wound healing and infection, he turned to Johns Hopkins neuroplastic surgeon Chad Gordon and neurosurgeon Judy Huang, who devised a two-surgery approach to treat the infection and transform his appearance.
What You Need to Know About Neuroplastic Surgery
Johns Hopkins neuroplastic surgeon Chad Gordon describes how patients who need brain surgery can benefit from neuroplastic surgery, a new field that combines the expertise of neurosurgery with plastic and reconstructive surgery to preserve or restore a patient’s appearance.
Neuroplastic Clinical Team
Director, Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Carla Bes, MSHS, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant
Neuroplastic Surgery Coordinator
Recent ResearchImproved Shunts for Hydrocephalus
Surgically implanted shunts are the only treatment for hydrocephalus. While effective, these shunts are bulky, and they noticeably protrude from the skull. For the first time ever, surgeons have embedded a patient's shunt within a custom, low-profile skull implant.
Training Future Neuroplastic SurgeonsNeuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
A one-year neuroplastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship trains future academic leaders in the latest surgical advances in neuroplastic surgery, adult craniofacial surgery and neuro-cranial reconstruction.