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Craniotomy For Aneurysm
My mother is experiencing disorientation & confusion after frontal craniotomy due to aneurysm. Is it normal?
Slightly stiff neck & base of spine with headache. Had a nasal endoscopy two days ago. As a child, had an aneurysm with a craniotomy (15 yrs. ago). ?
Stiff neck & headac: You need to see a neurologist ASAP or go to ER. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
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
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
I recently had an endoscopic craniotomy. The periosteum was removed. About long until this regrows?
Weeks to months: Depending on how much periosteum was removed, it will regrow in weeks to months. ...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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