• Will my dad be able to open his eye after a craniotomy?


    Question:

    My 60-year-old dad has just had supraorbital craniotomy surgery on his right eyebrow and can't open his right eye. Is it due to swelling and will he be able to open his eye once he recovers?


    Answer:

    Hopefully your father's eyelid will open as the swelling subsides, however supraorbital craniotomy may involve the levator muscle or a branch of the third cranial nerve innervating the muscle. If this is the case, there may be persistent weakness and ptosis (droopy eyelid). Time will tell how much levator function returns.


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