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Whipple type: Pancreatectomy, or radical pancreatico-duodenectomy) is an extensive operation. Besides infection, hemorrhage, and possible injury to adjacent organs (there are many organs and vital structures adjacent to duodenum and pancreas), some complications include pancreatic fistula, intestinal obstruction, liver failure, diabetes, malabsorption, progression of malignancy, and even perioperative death. ...Read more
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Need more info: Do you currently have a complication? Although complications are rare, there are many possibilities. A headache from the placement of the epidural; a reaction to one of the meds used-and there are varying reactions/side effects. Numbness in the legs from positioning or from a nerve that was injured during the anesthetic. And then there are the complications from the surgery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
CS Complications: post Cataract Surgery Issues/Complications: need for glasses still, need YAG laser: PCO, dry eye sx/worsening, eyelid droop, recurrent uveitis, eye bleeding, needing another surgery/laser (for multiple reasons: refractive surprise, swelling of macula CME, IOL dislocation, failing cornea), rare: infection,retinal hole, detachment, loss of vision, loss of eye, loss of life; [email protected] ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the question?: Yes it's possible to get a hematoma in a hysterectomy incision. If it's not enlarging, we usually leave it alone. It will "tamponade" itself off and stop growing, then slowly resorb. If it's enlarging, the incision would be opened and explored to tie off the bleeding vessel. ...Read more
Up to 6 weeks: One can have bleeding on and off for up to 6 weeks after delivery, vaginal or cesarean. However, it should not be increasing with time. If the bleeding is heavy, you should call your doctor. ...Read more
It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends somewhat on why the surgery was performed. If the pancreas surgery was for cancer, the long term risks are cancer recurrence. If the surgery was for pain from chronic pancreatitis, the long term risk is pain recurrence. Other risks are diabetes, fatty food intolerance, nutritional or dietary changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Since you have : multiple questions about Chiari malformation, I assume Type 1, Here are 2 very useful links: www.conquerchiari.org/education/chiari-faqs.html & www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.htm. Both sites give information & resources. Kids in my practice who have had decompression by microsurgical endoscopic surgery performed by skilled pediatric neurosurgeons have been home 2 days post-op. ...Read more
A fib: Risk of emboli going to brain causing stroke. Rapid ventricular response(heart rate to high) may cause angina, dizziness, passing out, heart attacks, other heart irregular rhythms. Let you cardiologist manage case. Is complex to explain here. It is certainly manageable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had meningioma res., complications: a sah, hydrocephalus, cerebellar tonsillar herniation, and emergency craniotomy. What's my future hold?
Possible recovery: There is a very good chance of having a very good recovery. It depends on how much neurological injury was sustained and for how long. It seems that if you are able to type and communicate, that you have a very good chance for a near full recovery. Intense rehabilitation will help you improve tremendously. Without knowing your neurological deficits , it is difficult to say for certain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No endotracheal tube: The key to the awake craniotomy is that there is no endotracheal administered anesthesia. The anesthesiologist performs scalp blocks to numb the scalp and gives some IV medications (ie. Presedex or propofol). The patient is able to respond to questions/follow commands/move. This is extremely valuable for the neurosurgeon trying to operate in eloquent areas of the brain and preserve function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Access to the brain: Craniotomies are performed routinely by neurosurgeons to gain access to the brain. The overlying skull is removed using a special type of saw (the bone flap is replaced later). Neurosurgeons access the brain to remove tumors, blood clots, seizure foci. This is also done to treat (clip) brain aneurysms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recovery: Having a craniotomy for tumor or other elective process is generally safe. Most patients don't have severe long term headaches and usually are taking tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed a week or so later. Depending on the underlying problem and location there will be concerns for seizures, weakness/paralysis, or speech problems after surgery. ...Read more
Your Neurosurgeon: There are different types of craniotomies. Once you discuss with your neurosurgeon what type and location then yo can reference some craniotomy videos online. Aans has a you tube channel featuring brain surgeries. Also can look at neurosurgery textbooks and see some basic data in a majors bookstore. ...Read more
Brain surgery: Craniotomy is a general word for brain surgery. Risks include stroke, weakness, paralysis, seizures, trouble with speaking or understanding, numbness or tingling, clumsiness or even death. But a skilled neurosurgeon can usually get patients through it safely, with about 90 percent chance they will be the same after surgery as before. Headache pain is easily manageable with pills, rarely shots! ...Read more
Incomplete med infor: You need to give us the complete information. Fibroplastic has to be followed by some more information, which have not given us. This word simply means that the structure that they are describing has fibroblastic(scar like) features. This is of course non specific information as it stands now. So go get the complete description, then we can help you interpret it better. ...Read more
I have recently begun experiencing severe dizziness and associated balance issue for unknown reasons. I am a healthy 44 yo female s/p craniotomy 18 ye?
Dizziness : Need to know what you had the craniotomy for in the past. If it was for a malignant grown, I would recheck the head with an MRI. If it was a benign issue I would see an ent and have him or her rule out a treatable cause for the dizziness. Good luck . Feel better! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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This is a question:
best answered by your NEUROSURGEON and may differ depending upon the REASON for the craniotomy!!
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I had a craniotomy 6 years ago, and I find myself touching/rubbing the screws a lot, is that bad? can it make the screws come loose or anything?
Depends: If everything is healed up and there have been no neurological sequelae, it should be fine. If the neurological status has returned to normal and there are no problems with wound healing and there are no problems with seizures, it is not uncommon for people to travel. Obviously, they should travel with friends/family who are available to help.Probably shouldn't drive until released by neurosurgeon. ...Read more
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