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A 30-year-old member asked:

is it normal to get headaches months after brain surgery?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Depends: This would depend on the nature of the headaches. If incisional pain or scalp pain, this is not unusual as there are many nerves that are cut as the scalp is incised. This may lead to scalp neuromas which most often subside over time. If there are severe headaches within-a pressure sensation, this suggests an intracranial process. For example, if a brain tumor, you need to worry about expansion.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What age is considered too old to try brain surgery as a possible cure?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
It depends: All medical decisions have to balance risks with benefits. For many procedures, higher age carries higher risk. There is almost never a hard age cutoff, but if the risk of death or other complications is very high, from age or other reasons, the surgeon may judge the benefit too minimal to justify the risk- "first do no harm". A surgeon should be able to explain individual decisions about risk.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are brain operations for Parkinson's usually safe?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Mostly: Deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's is mostly safe. Like any surgery, the most common risks of this surgery are headaches, infection, and non-responsiveness to the therapy. The most troublesome/dangerous risk is that of stroke (bleeding in the brain) and occurs in ~1% of patients.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Can I still fly on a plane after having a major stroke and brain surgery?

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Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Yes: Once recovered from surgery, one should be able to fly without restriction. However, individual surgeons may vary as to when exactly you can fly.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Does having brain surgery make it more likely that I will have a stroke later?

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Dr. J. C. DiGiacomo
General Surgery 35 years experience
No: Stroke are a result of blood perfusion issues. If you have recovered from brain surgery, the issue of blood flow to the brain should not be an issue, but you should discuss your specific case with your neurosurgeon.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What do you think about brain surgery to help with seizures?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
When to do it: Not everyone should have surgery to control seizures. People who have failed 3 or more medications that should prevent seizures, and who have a focus or origin of their seizures (partial onset) may be candidates for epilepsy surgery. People with generalized epilepsy may find a vagal nerve stimulator to be helpful. Does that answer your question?

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