Brochure

Cranioplasty is the surgical repair of a bone defect in the skull that’s left behind after a previous operation or injury. There are different kinds of cranioplasties, but most involve lifting the scalp and restoring the contour of the skull with the original skull piece or a custom contoured graft made from material such as

  • Titanium (plate or mesh)
  • Synthetic bone substitute
  • Acrylic (prefabricated or molded at the time of surgery)

Why might a doctor recommend a cranioplasty?

Cranioplasty might be performed for any of the following reasons:

  • Protection: In certain places, a cranial defect can leave the brain vulnerable to damage.
  • Function: Cranioplasty may improve neurological function for some patients.
  • Aesthetics: A noticeable skull defect can affect a patient’s appearance and confidence.
  • Headaches: Cranioplasty can reduce headaches due to previous surgery or injury.