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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?

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

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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


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How long should it take to recover from brain surgery?

How long should it take to recover from brain surgery?

Depends: It depends on the location and pathology and size and any preoperative deficit. Even with a small lesion in a relatively "safe" area, people can feel run down for several weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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

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

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

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Please let me know if there is a type of brain surgery that is used only as a last resort?

Please let me know if there is a type of brain surgery that is used only as a last resort?

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

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Can brain surgery help to fix dystonia?

Can brain surgery help to fix dystonia?

Dystonia: Deep brain stimulation, usually done in combination with neurosurgeons and neurologists has been shown to effectively treat some patients with dystonia. ...Read more

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Can someone who had brain surgery drink?

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

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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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How bad is brain surgery and is there rehab after?

How bad is brain surgery and is there rehab after?

Depends what type: In general brain surgery is complex, not considered as low risk procedure, complexity increases with type of surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get headaches months after brain surgery?

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

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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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Is your first brain surgery a lot of pressure and nerve racking?

Your: Who is the "your" in this question, the patient or the doctor. ...Read more

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What medicine do you use after brain surgery to bring the swelling down?

What medicine do you use after brain surgery to bring the swelling down?

Brain surgery: The two most common medications for brain swelling are steroids (decadron) or diuretic agents like mannitol. ...Read more

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

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

No: Having a craniotomy does not independently increase your risk of stroke later on. The risk factors for stroke are not influenced by surgery. If your reason for surgery was a stroke, a neurologist can counsel on risk modification strategies. ...Read more

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I had 4 hour brain surgery. How long does take for all of the effects of anesthesia to go away?

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

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Can you get anesthesia dolorosa with any brain surgery or just when the triligimal nerve is involved?

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

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A 27 year old friend of mine had a brain surgery. Removed a tumor 4 level, what are her chances of surviving?

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

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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?

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

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Can you tell me if all of the brain surgery I have had is the cause of my social anxiety?

Can you tell me if all of the brain surgery I have had is the cause of my social anxiety?

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

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

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

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

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Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

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

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What are the things they drill into your skull during brain surgery?

What are the things they drill into your skull during brain surgery?

Not sure: We use a drill to enter the skull in order to perform brain surgery. We then replace the skull afterward with titanium plates and screws. I'm not sure what you mean by drilling things into the skull during brain surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have fever of 101.2 and headache two weeks following brain surgery?

Is it normal to have fever of 101.2 and headache two weeks following brain surgery?

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

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I have what they call petite mall seizures, i'll try anything but brain surgery. Suggestions?

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

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Are there any treatments for an acoustic neuroma besides brain surgery?

Are there any treatments for an acoustic neuroma besides brain surgery?

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

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Do you think I should have another brain surgery to get rid of my seizures?

Do you think I should have another brain surgery to get rid of my seizures?

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