Neurosurgery Consultation

Dr Akinola Oduntan offers comprehensive neurosurgery consultations. Neurosurgery is often only considered when non-surgical treatments have failed to deliver the desired results or if the condition has become worse. A consult with a Neurosurgeon like Dr Oduntan may be recommended if a patient has been referred with a problem that affects the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, the patient wants a second opinion, or if it’s an emergency.

During a consultation, patients will be assessed to determine if they are eligible for surgery. The doctor will perform an exam, and determine whether the benefits of the surgery will outweigh the possible risks and complications. A medical history will be taken at the consultation, so patients are advised to know, or bring a list with them that has their medical history, relevant family medical history and the medications they are taking on it. Patients are advised to document the symptoms they are experiencing as this may help with determining the tests, diagnosis and treatments thereafter. Patients are encouraged to discuss their expectations with regard to the results of the procedure - that way Doctor can aim to deliver the results patients have in mind, as well as manage the patient's expectations. Patients are encouraged to share their concerns and anxieties. They should ask questions to get as much information as possible so that they can decide if they want the procedure despite the possible risks.

The doctor will counsel and advise patients regarding the following:

  • Which treatments and procedures are available to treat the patient’s condition
  • Once a surgical procedure is selected, Doctor will explain or provide information on what the procedure entails
  • Type of anaesthesia to be used
  • The associated risks and possible complications during and after the procedure
  • Pre-surgical preparation
  • Medications
  • Recovery time/recommended time to book off from work
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wound care
  • What signs and symptoms to look out for post-operatively
  • Follow-up visit/s

Cranial procedures

Dr Akinola Oduntan has a keen interest in cranial neurosurgery. He has extensive clinical experience performing these procedures, so patients are in capable hands.

Cranial procedures are used to treat brain tumours, blood clots, aneurysms, traumatic head injuries, trauma from foreign objects such as bullets, swelling of the brain, or infection.

Cranial procedures include:

  • Biopsy - This procedure a small incision or hole in the skull. It is used to remove a small amount of brain tissue or a tumour for diagnosis and testing.
  • Craniotomy - The patient is anaesthetised, and their head is held perfectly still by a special clamp. Imaging can be used before and/or during the procedure. A piece of the skull called a bone flap is removed to access the brain underneath. Magnification glasses or an operating microscope are used to see the delicate nerves and blood vessels. The problem is removed or corrected using various methods. The bone flap is reattached to the skull with titanium plates and screws that remain permanently. A drain may be placed under the skin for a few days to siphon blood or fluid away from the area.
  • Endoscopic cranial surgery - involves passing instruments and a tiny camera through small holes in the skull. The Doctor can use these to repair or remove structures in or around the brain.
  • Cranioplasty is a neurosurgical procedure designed to repair or reshape irregularities or imperfections in the skull.
  • Surgery on the brain or spinal cord is serious, and Doctor Oduntan is careful to limit any risks either during or after surgery. One of the main concerns with brain surgery is the possible loss of brain function afterwards, which is why only as much tissue is removed as is safely possible. Complications during or after surgery such as reactions to anaesthesia, bleeding or infections are rare. Problems can arise directly after surgery, days or even weeks later, so close monitoring for any changes is vital.