I just had to email you and the whole staff and thank you all for doing such a great job during my visit. This was the first time I ever had any type of surgery and we all know how nervous the word surgery can make a person. I was nervous the night before the procedure up until I walked into the surgery center. After being prepped by the nursing staff I was fine and there was no more worries. I’m still amazed at how it was done with little after affects. Dr. Eppley did a tremendous job and I thank him for that. The nurses that took care of me the day/night after the surgery were also great. I’m truly impressed with all that happened before, during and after the surgery. Please give my thanks to all those involved and I really appreciate all that was done for me.
Amy form of surgery is a nerve wracking experience for any patient, but particularly so for a first timer from a distant city who is having a purely elective procedure. The importance of having a staff that is both trained and naturally inclined to be sensitive to these issues and help a patient through the process is the key to a good experience for the patient. While this is no less true than for a patient that lives down the street, the patient from a distant city or country is even more nervous as the very simple things, like sleeping and eating, have to be done in a very unfamiliar environment. Having had many patients come to Indianapolis from all over the world, we have developed a process for international plastic surgery that helps ensure an uncomplicated experience.
Skull reshaping surgery is usually surprisingly easy to go through with very little discomfort afterward. It should not be confused with a neurosurgery procedure where the head is shaved and the skull bones are removed. This is not how it is done at all. It is done on the outside of the skull bones whether it is adding a material or burring down some bone thickness. The bone itself has little to no feeling, it is the overlying soft tissues (periosteum and skin) that has the sensation. The raising of the scalp tissues will usually induce numbness over the elevated skin flaps so even this does not cause much discomfort. Most patients report postoperative discomfort more like a dull headache and many don’t take much pain medicine beyond the first few days after surgery. If the skull work does not involve the forehead, then there is very little visible swelling as it is back in the hair-bearing scalp. This is why many skull reshaping patients can comfortably return home in just 48 hours after surgery.
Dr. Barry Eppley