The ideal timing for revision surgery following an infected cranioplasty

Acta Chir Plast. 2023 Winter;64(3-4):135-138. doi: 10.48095/ccachp2022135.


It is a challenge to define the ideal timing for revision surgery following an infected cranioplasty. Both healing of infected bone and preparedness of soft tissue must be considered. There is no gold standard regarding the timing of revision surgery and a lot of studies have contradictory findings. Many studies recommend waiting for 6-12 months to reduce reinfection risks. This case report highlights that delay in revision surgery for an infected cranioplasty is a useful and rewarding modality. It allows a longer observational timeframe to monitor for infectious episodes. Furthermore, vascular delay enhances tissue neovascularization and may therefore lead to less invasive reconstructive techniques with minimized donor site morbidities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*
  • Reinfection
  • Reoperation