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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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.
Recent Research Placing an Intracranial Pressure Monitoring Device Within a Customized Implant
To restore appearance and monitor patients for complications after surgery, researchers have developed a two-in-one implant.