The provider removes a part of the skull to treat raised intracranial pressure, or ICP, by allowing the swelling brain room to expand. The procedure may also include duraplasty, or reconstruction or expansion of the dura using a synthetic graft, or part of the patient’s pericranium, a membrane that covers the surface of the skull. The procedure excludes the removal of a related hematoma due to conditions such as a closed head injury, and there is no dissection to the lobes of the brain in this service.
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