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Gain Or Lose Weight Prior To Brain Surgery
I had a brain surgery last july and I used zyprexa (olanzapine) and tegretol daily until this january. I gained a lot of weight. Will I lose weight as im off meds?
You could: You could lose weight when off these medicines, especially if you increase your exercise and attend to a healthy food plan. Talk with your doctors about this; they'll likely have more personalized recommendations for you than we're able to provide without knowing you. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
What doctor or specialist do I need to see for both a yellow tongue and burning sensations on it? I had brain surgery Sept. 2014 and have lost weight.
Brain surgery: I would go back to your surgeon and also set up an appointment with a Neurologist. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Brain surgery: The most common one would likely be a decompressive craniectomy done for the relief of pressure in patients with high intracranial pressures that have not responded to medical treatment. ...Read more
Not Recomended: If you are asking about the intake of alcoholic beverages, the answer is generally no. Patients may be at increased risk for seizure around the time of brain surgery. Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and may contribute to a post-operative seizure. Consult your doctor about your risk for seizure and a reasonable plan to enjoy a small amount of alcoholic beverages after surgical recovery. ...Read more
A space filled with: Cerebral spinal fluid.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read more
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
Your: Who is the "your" in this question, the patient or the doctor. ...Read more
Depends: 3 - 14 days in hospital.Get a more detailed answer ›
See below: Usually the effects of anesthesia are gone within three days. There is a concern, with the extremes of age, that there may be some effects on cognitive ability with prolonged anesthesia. Talk to your anesthesiologist if you are continuing to have symptoms. Remember these may also be related to the type of surgery you had. Good luck. ...Read more
Can you get anesthesia dolorosa with any brain surgery or just when the triligimal nerve is involved?
Anesthesia dolorosa: Anesthesia dolorosa is a painful numbness of the face which is constant. It can be caused by damage to the trigeminal nerve including surgery, rhizotomy, or stereotactic radiation. The treatment is difficult and includes oral medications, compound face creams, nerve stimulation, cortical stimulation and deep brain stimulation. ...Read more
A 27 year old friend of mine had a brain surgery. Removed a tumor 4 level, what are her chances of surviving?
Not specific enough: There are many types of brain tumors, each with very different survival risks. You need to be more specific in the type of tumor. ...Read more
My 26 year old son has had brain surgery at Johns Hopkins, a VNS implanted (on his second battery) at Penn State Hershey and is prescribed handfuls of?
Wrong site: This is the public HT site and is designed to provide general medical information. Questions are sent out at random and never linked. HT prime is a sister site where you sign up and have access to physicians who may agree to provide a formal paid consult on a specific case. Please check with the HT prime site. The issues you present are complex and need appropriate review. ...Read more
Although that: Might be a causative factor - I really can't answer that question. The reason is that a provider who doesn't know your past surgeries & experiences would be guessing. Be well. ...Read more
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
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? ...Read more
Neurosurgeon: Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. ...Read more
Depends: You need to call and be seen by your physician. This is not something that can be managed without complete information of the problem and the treatment plan as well as a physical exam by your treating physician. ...Read more
Treatment: Do you have true petit mal or just small seizures. Petit mal is a specific seizure type. In either case there are many medications available to treat seizures. You should discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more
Acoustic neuroma: Yes. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a treatment to stop the growth of acoustic neuromas. Radiosurgery is a focused beam of radiation using computer navigation to target the tumor and stop the growth. Based on the size and symptoms, small tumors with preserved hearing may be observed instead of treatment. Discuss with a team of surgeons who specialize in the treatment of acoustic neuromas. ...Read more
When to get checked: If your prior surgery and current medical therapy are maximized and you still have seizures then okay to get evaluated. Your doctor will then be able to make a recommendation about more medication, more testing or more interventions. Take family or friend with you to see your doc. ...Read more
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