Neuroplastic Neurotrauma Surgery

To treat a traumatic brain injury, surgeons may perform a decompressive craniectomy, where a piece of the skull is removed to give the brain room to temporarily swell and heal. In some cases, our neuroplastic team can place the original bone back into position. Other times, the bone needs to be discarded due to a risk of infection or the bone being broken down by the body (resorption). Our multidisciplinary team can help reconstruct the missing skull with a customized cranial implant — similar to a hip or knee replacement.

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Our Neuroplastic Neurotrauma Surgery Team

  • Justin Caplan, M.D.

    Expertise: Acoustic Neuromas, Acute Stroke Care, Aneurysm Repair, Aneurysms, Arteriovenous Fistulas (AVF)

  • Chad Gordon, D.O.

    Expertise: Complex Skull Reconstruction, Craniofacial Injuries, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniofacial Surgery, Cranioplasty

  • Judy Huang, M.D.

    Expertise: Acute Stroke Care, Aneurysm Repair, Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (ASH), Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM), Brain Cancer

  • Raj Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H.

    Expertise: Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Cancer, Brain Metastases, Brain Stem Tumors, Brain Tumors

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.