Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in occipital skull implant augmentation. The back of my head is flat, and I would like to explore the options of surgery. I currently live in Montana. I would like to know what the procedures are for out-of-state patients.? Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you.
A: All of my skull implant patients are from everywhere around the world so your discrepant geography is the norm for my unique practice. Skull augmentation is done today using a custom skull implant technique made from the patient’s 3D CT scan. This sac is obtained where the patient lives, is sent in and used to make the custom implant online and them manufactured for the surgery. This is a process that takes about a month to complete. The patient then only comes in one time for surgery, arriving the day before and leaving for home within 24 to 36 hours later.
Please send me some pictures of your head from the side view for my assessment for this procedure. From these I will be able to do computer imaging so I can determine how much occipital augmentation you may desire.
Dr. Barry Eppley