Chiari Decompression is a surgical procedure performed to remove the bone at the back of the skull and spine. The dura overlying the tonsils is opened and a patch is sewn to expand the space. The goals of surgery are to stop or control the progression of symptoms caused by tonsillar herniation, to relieve compression of the brainstem and spinal cord, and to restore the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
You may be a candidate for decompression surgery if you have an abnormal collection of CSF in the spinal cord (syrinx) or a Chiari malformation obstructing CSF flow (confirmed by cine MRI) and is causing severe or worsening symptoms
Length of hospital stay is typically 2-3 days.
Minnesota Chiari Decompression Neurosurgon:
The neurosurgeon at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute can evaluate your condition and provide the best treatment options for you to make an informed decision. Contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720.