Chiari Malformation Decompression

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Procedure Description

Chiari Malformation Decompression, often simply referred to as Chiari Decompression, is a surgical procedure aimed at alleviating the symptoms and complications arising from a Chiari Malformation. Chiari Malformation is a neurological disorder where the cerebellum, the lower part of the brain, descends out of the skull and pushes into the cervical spinal canal. This can lead to symptoms such as severe headaches, neck pain, dizziness, numbness, and even difficulties with balance and coordination.

The primary purpose of the decompression surgery is to create more space for the cerebellum and restore the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This is achieved by removing a small portion of the bottom of the skull and sometimes part of the spinal column, allowing the cerebellum and brainstem to return to their normal positions.

The procedure is advised for those who experience significant symptoms or complications associated with the malformation. Not everyone with a Chiari Malformation requires surgery; however, those with pronounced symptoms often find relief post-surgery, making it a pivotal treatment choice for many.

Procedure Duration

The Chiari Malformation Decompression surgery typically takes between 3 to 5 hours, depending on the specifics of each case. Patients are usually hospitalized for several days post-surgery for monitoring and to manage post-operative pain.

The initial recovery phase, where patients might experience fatigue, localized pain, and some other transient symptoms, usually lasts 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, they are advised to refrain from strenuous activities and take ample rest. The complete recovery, which allows the patient to return to everyday activities, can span anywhere from a few months to a year, contingent upon individual healing rates, the severity of the malformation, and the specifics of the surgical procedure undertaken.

It's also vital for medical tourists to plan an extended stay in the destination country to ensure adequate recovery before traveling back home. Regular follow-ups with the operating surgeon or a local neurologist are also crucial during the recovery phase.


  • Cost Savings: Many countries offer Chiari Malformation Decompression at a fraction of the cost seen in Western nations, without compromising the quality.
  • Expertise: Several medical tourism hubs have highly skilled neurosurgeons with vast experience in treating complex neurological conditions.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: By traveling for the procedure, patients can benefit from advanced surgical technologies and facilities.
  • Shorter Wait Times: Some countries have reduced wait times for surgical procedures, allowing patients to get treated faster.

Potential Destinations

  • India: Renowned for its advanced neurological centers in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
  • Thailand: Bangkok is a well-known medical hub with hospitals specializing in neurosurgical procedures.
  • Singapore: Boasts world-class healthcare infrastructure with a strong emphasis on neurological treatments.
  • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur and Penang have hospitals with advanced neurosurgical facilities.
  • Mexico: Cities like Tijuana and Monterrey are emerging as destinations for complex surgical treatments.

Risks & Considerations

  • Travel Post-Surgery: Traveling soon after surgery can be taxing. It's vital to schedule ample recovery time before returning home.
  • Quality Assurance: Always research the credentials of the hospital and surgeon.
  • Cultural Differences: Being aware of cultural norms and practices can enhance the overall experience.
  • Insurance: Understand if and how your medical insurance might cover treatments abroad.

How to choose the right doctor and hospital

  • Accreditations: Ensure the hospital has international healthcare accreditations.
  • Reviews & Testimonials: Prior patient experiences can offer insights into the care provided.
  • Doctor’s Credentials: Research the surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and specialty.
  • Facilities & Technology: Opt for hospitals with advanced equipment and post-surgical care facilities.
  • Language Barriers: Consider hospitals that provide translation services or where the staff speaks your language.

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Patients are advised to seek hospitals that are accredited by Global Healthcare and only work with medical tourism facilitators who are certified by Global Healthcare Accreditation or who have undergone certification from the Certified Medical Travel Professionals (CMTP). This ensures that the highest standards in the industry are met. GHA accredits the top hospitals in the world. These are the best hospitals in the world for quality and providing the best patient experience. Click the link to check out hospitals accredited by the Global Healthcare Accreditation:

Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens during hyperstimulation of the ovaries?

The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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