Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a skull reshaping procedure which is likely to be an extensive procedure. My head is very angled and flat and would likely require implants to achieve the desired shape. Some questions I have regarding the procedure include:
As I currently live in Australia, what would be the required or recommended duration for me to stay close to the hospital post surgery?
What type of risks are associated post surgery as I age? Eg would there be any limitations on physical activity, will there be any need for adjustments?
These are the main questions that pop into my head for now (pun intended) regarding the surgery. Appreciate any feedback.
A: Since I don’t know what your particular skull reshaping needs and procedures may be, I can only make general comments to your questions.
1) There is no reason to ‘stay close to a hospital’ during or after the surgery. This is aesthetic skull surgery, not neurosurgery. There are no neurologic risks from undergoing the surgery.
2) There are no limitations on physical activity after the surgery.
3) I am not aware of any age-related risks from skull reshaping surgery.
I hope this is helpful,
Dr. Barry Eppley