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Treatments for Skull Fractures

Surgical Treatments

At Columbia, our neurosurgeons use the latest surgical treatments to treat skull fractures, providing the best possible outcomes.

Specific treatment for a fracture will be determined by the neurosurgeon, taking into account several factors, including:

  • The patient’s age, overall health and medical history
  • Severity of the fracture
  • Type of fracture

The goal of skull fracture treatment is to control pain, promote healing and prevent complications. For most skull fractures, which are linear fractures, surgical intervention is not needed. Instead, physicians prescribe medication to control pain and maintain close observation in the hospital.

Surgery may be needed to repair compound fractures, comminuted fractures and some types of closed fractures, and also to stitch up any tears in the dura mater and scalp.

Proper diagnosis is crucial to distinguish between skull fractures that need and do not need surgical treatment—and thus to avoid potential complications.

Dr. Richard Anderson (Pediatric), Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, Dr. Neil Feldstein (Pediatric), Dr. Guy McKhann, Dr. Marc Otten, Dr. Sameer Sheth and Dr. Michael Sisti are experts in diagnosing and surgically treating skull fractures. Each can also provide a second opinion.

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