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What is the best way of handling depression and at the same time handling aggravations from being trapped by getting over brain surgery. ?

What is the best way of handling depression and at the same time handling aggravations from being trapped by getting over brain surgery. ?

Trapped?: Brain surgery sounds very serious? Why do think that you're trapped? My suggestion would be to see either a psychiatrist or psychologist to help you get through these tough times. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Are there types of brain surgery for severe mental problems, like depression or schitozophrenia?

Are there types of brain surgery for severe mental problems, like depression or schitozophrenia?

Yes but risky: Brain surgery for psychiatric disorders is rare because of unwanted side effects, including loss of memory, inability to plan and organize behavior, sensory or motor (movement) problems, risk of infection, etc. Usually, specific area of the brain are removed, severed, or electrically stimulated. For emotional problems, areas of the limbic system, primarily the amygdala may be targeted. ...Read more

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How to exercise after brain surgery?

How to exercise after brain surgery?

Brain surgery: The amount and type of exercise after a brain surgery is based on what was done and how extensive the procedure was - I would speak to the neurosurgeon directly and see what limitations might be needed and how you can do. ...Read more

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What can I expect with a brain surgery?

What can I expect with a brain surgery?

Each is different: Brain surgery is a very broad term in this era of immensely advanced brain surgery. Each brain surgery is its own entity and hence i can give you a better answer if you were to be more specific with regards to your question. Are you set up for brain surgery for a brain biopsy, brain tumor resection, aneurysm clipping, or another cause? ...Read more

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How to sign up for experimental brain surgery?

How to sign up for experimental brain surgery?

Vague question: Well, why? If you have a condition you think warrants it, discuss the situation w/ your doc & seek a referral to a center of expertise on the subject. There are lots of research protocols out there, but patients rarely identify themselves. The need is generally recognized by their doc, who makes the appropriate referral. Hope this was helpful & good luck. ...Read more

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What usually results from having brain surgery?

What usually results from having brain surgery?

Depends: Outcomes from brain surgery depend on location of the lesion, how much normal brain tissue will be manipulated or removed, length of surgery, skill of the surgeon. Consequences, or possible risks, can range from no abnormalities, to stroke and death, and everything in between. ...Read more

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Might somebody have brain surgery that could make him grow?

Might somebody have brain surgery that could make him grow?

Neurosurgery: This would be an unlikely scenario, there are hormone replacements that can increase growth but i know of no surgery that will cause increased growth. ...Read more

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Are there side effects from brain surgery?

Are there side effects from brain surgery?

Any surgery can : Any surgery, even minor surgery, can have side effects. Besides the obvious risks of anesthesia, bleeding and infection side effects of brain surgery are dependent on the area of the brain which needs attention. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is endoscopic brain surgery safer than open brain surgery?

Sometimes: Endoscopic brain surgery has both risks and benefits. In the correct hands, this type of surgery can make the previously unthinkable possible but like anything, if this type of surgery is not applied properly, it can have significant (even deadly) risks. In short, open brain surgery can be just as safe as endoscopic surgery but it depends on the comfort level of your surgeon. ...Read more

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Mri shows brain surgery. I never had surgert?

Mri shows brain surgery. I never had surgert?

Check on this: Contact doctor who ordered MRI and radiologist who interpreted it, and make certain that the described films are not those of someone else. ...Read more

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Can split brain surgery treat parkinson's?

Can split brain surgery treat parkinson's?

No: Parkinson's is best treated with medications first and then if not improving, it can be treated using deep brain stimulation. As of today, there are no cures for parkinson's and hence despite either therapy, most patient will slowly worsen with time. ...Read more

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Can brain surgery cause neurogenic bladder?

Can brain surgery cause neurogenic bladder?

Yes: If nerve pathways between bladder and bladder control center in brain are interrupted. ...Read more

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Can brain surgery treat Parkinson's disease?

Can brain surgery treat Parkinson's disease?

Yes, it sure can!!: Deep brain stimulation therapy of the stn (sub-thalamic nucleus) or gpi (globus pallidus interna) can greatly improve "on" time (good function with minimized symptoms) & greatly reduce dyskinesia (twisting, writhing, jerking movements during "on" time). Good candidates must be not demented, psychiatrically stable, & still demonstrating good symptom relief from meds, but with inconsistent results. ...Read more

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When is safe to have sex after brain surgery?

When is safe to have sex after brain surgery?

Ask doctor: This would depend on your doctor and the type of surgery you had. In general, I have my patients take it easy until i see them back in my office for their first post-op appointment around 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is there a brain surgery to help with seizures?

Is there a brain surgery to help with seizures?

Surgery 4 seizures: Yes, brain surgery is done to help with certain types of epilepsy. Seizures that are very difficult to treat are one indicator for this treatment. Adults with seizures that originate in a small part of the brain (focal onset) are also candidates for this. ...Read more

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I have brain surgery for parkinson's, what to do?

I have brain surgery for parkinson's, what to do?

?DBS: These days, when brain surgery for Parkinson's is considered, we refer to Deep Brain Stimulation. Am perplexed by your age of 32, as this is very your for Parkinson's. However, if you have toxic etiology and not doing well, DBS may be miraculous. If you have misgivings, get 2 surgical opinions. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in right intestine after brain surgery?

Sharp pain in right intestine after brain surgery?

Look for possible: constipation issues post op along with small incidence of gallbladder issues after surgery and even stress ulcers or inflammation of stomach. Sometimes a condition known as c. Diff. can occur which is a hospital aquired infection of the GI tract. Let your surgeon know so you can be properly assessed. ...Read more

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Does brain surgery for Parkinson's disease really work?

Yes: In the proper patient, brain surgery for parkinson;s disease does work. One surgery that is done is the implantation of deep brain stimulators. These are electrodes that are placed in the brain and are connected to stimulation units implanted on the chest wall. There are specialized neurosurgery centers that are doing these procedures. Your neurologist should be able to give you some direction. ...Read more