Burr Holes

Our neurosurgeons are highly skilled, board certified professionals dedicated to the best treatment possible for our patients. We offer a complete range of conventional neurosurgical procedures focusing on the most complex conditions to support the least invasive surgical approach and the greatest level of recovery.

During the surgery

Burr Holes are placed to remove a collection of fluid that does not include a clot of blood. Burr holes are also used to relieve pressure on the brain because of excess fluid. An abscess may also be drained. A special instrument is used to make a hole through the skin and skull to the fluid that is to be removed. You will stay in the hospital after surgery.

After the surgery

You will have a gauze dressing on your head. To find out if you are having an large amount of swelling, you will be asked frequently to squeeze the hand of the nurse and wiggle your toes. The nurse will be checking your pupils in your eyes to see if they get smaller when a flashlight is shined into your eyes. Also the nurse will ask you questions to see if you are aware of who you are and where you are and what is the month and year. Sometimes the questions may include who is the president of the United States or what is your address.

Changes in you

Any changes to your physical and mental abilities depend on your diagnosis or why you needed Burr holes.

For more information regarding the neurosurgeons at the Center for Orthopedics & Neurosciences, please call 888-978-1818 or schedule an appointment online.

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