At Johns Hopkins, adult and pediatric patients can benefit from a neuroplastic approach when they undergo brain surgery or other types of surgery that may disrupt the contours of the head and face. Instead of correcting the symmetry after the fact, a plastic surgeon and a neurosurgeon working together can prevent the defects in the first place.
Benefits of the Neuroplastic Approach
Neurosurgeons are experts when it comes to the brain, but they rarely have training to care for complications of brain surgery that may affect the appearance of the skull and surrounding soft and hard tissues. When a neurosurgeon works alongside a craniofacial plastic surgeon, you get the best of both worlds: an effective treatment for your condition and a simultaneous reconstruction of any resulting skull defects.
A plastic surgeon can help prevent and correct these and other side effects common after certain types of brain and skull surgery:
- Visual narrowing of the head at the temples (temporal hallowing)
- A sunken area in the skull after removing a piece of bone
- An unsightly and/or uncomfortable neurological implant (for managing epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or other conditions)
How do I get treated with the neuroplastic approach?
If you are scheduled for brain surgery at Johns Hopkins, our surgeons will discuss the neuroplastic approach with you during surgery planning. Neuroplastics is built into our process, so you don’t have to request it.
If you are considering another hospital, be sure to ask your neurosurgeon about how he or she plans to avoid or address skull defects. Because neuroplastics essentially combines two or more surgeries into one, it may be a better option regarding recovery, comfort, patient outcomes and cost.