Getting ready for the operation
The night before surgery
On the day of surgery
What anaesthetic is given?
What does the operation involve?
- If bone grafting is being used, small pieces of bone will be taken from the skull and used to fill the gap. When the bones are in place and the surgeon is happy with the result, the bone grafts will be fixed in place with strong stitches that dissolve very gradually over the next few months while the bone heals. Sometimes plates and screws are used to hold the bone grafts in place. The skin is then closed over the incision site and held in place with dissolvable stitches.
- If a RED frame is being used, the surgeon will insert pins through the skin into the skull bone in several places either side of the gap. The pins are then attached to a frame and screws.