A 44-year-old member asked:
What is the most common type of brain surgery?
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Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Trauma vs tumor: The two most common reasons patients need brain surgery are because of trauma or tumors.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Can there be a type of brain surgery that is used only as a last resort?
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Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Yes: Many types of brain surgery are done only as as last resort. For instance, hemi-craniectomy (removal of half the skull) for brain trauma is done as a last resort surgery. Also, hemispherectomies (removal of half the brain) is usually done as a last resort for severe seizure disorder in children.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Is it common to have dementia after brain surgery?
3 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
No: Underlying cognitive issues can be worsened following surgery, but to have new dementia following brain surgery would be unusual. Complications, such as stroke or infection, could lead to such problems. Consider what the surgery was for. Ruptured aneurysms in certain locations are one instance commonly associated with cognitive changes.
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Last updated Jun 23, 2013
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