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Headache After Brain Surgery
Yes: Yes. Post-operative scar tissue can become an irritative source in the brain leading to seizures and headaches. The only way to determine if this has happened is to obtain an eeg. This painless study can determine if you are having seizures which may be the cause of the headaches. It would also be helpful to have an MRI study to evaluate the surgical site. A copy of the old MRI is helpful. ...Read more
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
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
I had brain surgery and had a tumor removed and I still have a lot of headaches what is good for them.
Headaches with tumor: You should talk to your surgeon. The causes are too varied to make a blanket recommendation. ...Read more
I had brain surgery and dural patch about a year ago. Now I'm falling down and have a nonstop headache. What should I do?
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
Been having headaches everyday for a year now & mood swings & tired all the time. I had brain surgery for aneursyms in 09. What could be causing this?
30 years ago I had experimental brain surgery to remove a blood clot and skull fused together with no plate- no constant headaches, could this be a cause?
Probably no: There are several causes of headaches. It is unlikely that they haedaches you are currently experiencing is as a result of the surgery you had to remove a blood clot 30 years ago. I will recommend that you see a neurologist, who will perform a detailed neurological examination and probably order several tests and imaging studies of the brain, to help better understand the cause of your headaches. ...Read more
I'm still having bad headaches and swelling over 3 weeks after brain surgery (a temporal lobectomy for epilepsy). Is this unusual?
Deserves attention: Not necessarily, but trend should be improving, the wound should be checked for infection, you should notice day to day progress. If not you should check with your surgeon, just to make sure things are healing well. ...Read more
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
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
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 ›
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
? 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
Neurosurgery: Each surgery has to be individualized and based on what was done, the extent of the surgery the neurosurgeon has to determine if and when a patient can go back to preoperative sports and in some cases may determine not ever but this is a discussion that has to take place with the treating neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Depending on the location of your surgery, you first need a period of time for healing. During this initial time, walking is good therapy- not aggressive walking but slow purposeful walking in a relaxed fashion. After a recovery period, cognitive exercises are good to help you with activities of daily living and thought.
Have a thorough discussion with your neurosurgeon- he will gladly help. ...Read more
Information: Discuss your concerns with your doctors. The more information you have the better the understanding of what your surgeon hopes to accomplish. Brain surgery, as all surgery, is a serious undertaking but the current technical advances have made it much safer. Surgery is recommended because an improvement is expected your surgeon is the best source for information. ...Read more
Good question: If u are taking about a craniotomy where the skull was opened and put back, I'd suggest discussing it with your surgeon at your routine post-op visit. The answer will vary among docs and depending on the nature of the surgery, but at least six to eight weeks is a good assumption. Even then, you should start slowly & build over time, paying attention to what your body is telling u. Good Luck. ...Read more
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