A 25-year-old man was admitted to Anand Rishi Hospital with a key which was stuck in his skull. Doctors treated him by performing a procedure known as craniotomy also known which burr hole surgery. This is a surgical operation in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull to access the brain.
The surgery lasted for three and a half hours, during which the doctors opened part of his skull to remove the lodged object.
Dr Ashish Bhandari, administrator of Anand Rishi Hospital said, “To remove the pierced key from his head, we had to cut open the skull, this surgery is called craniotomy or burr hole surgery. The patient was lucky as he didn’t suffer internal bleeding and there was no damage to his brain, had there been severe internal bleeding it could have cost him his life.”
Nirmal Surya, a neurologist from Bombay Hospital said,“‘Cranio’ means skull and ‘tomy’ means to cut open. This surgery is performed in brain related procedures.”
The patient was admitted in the hospital for a period of five days and has now been discharged.