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Could headaches after brain surgery really be cause from scar tissue causing small seizures?

Could headaches after brain surgery really be cause from scar tissue causing small seizures?

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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

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


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Is it normal to get headaches months after brain surgery?

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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I had brain surgery and had a tumor removed and I still have a lot of headaches what is good for them.

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

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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?

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?

Talk to your surgeon: Trouble walking and a headache may be a complication of your past surgery - and it may not. Talk to your surgeon about getting some testing done to help evaluate this important pair of symptoms. ...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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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?

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

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I'm still having bad headaches and swelling over 3 weeks after brain surgery (a temporal lobectomy for epilepsy). Is this unusual?

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

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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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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?

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?

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 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?

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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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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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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Could you continue playing baseball after having brain surgery?

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

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Can someone die in a brain surgery?

Surgery: Every surgery has risks including death. Risks depend on general patient' health, type of surgery, equipment, skills and many other factors. There are no simple answer to your question. ...Read more

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What can help me recover from brain surgery?

What can help me recover from brain surgery?

Recovery: 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

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What is the most common type of brain surgery?

What is the most common type of brain surgery?

Trauma vs tumor: The two most common reasons patients need brain surgery are because of trauma or tumors. ...Read more

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Is there any way to be calm before brain surgery?

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

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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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How quickly after brain surgery are you able to excersise?

How quickly after brain surgery are you able to excersise?

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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How much time after brain surgery until I can skate on ice?

Depends: This is going to depend on the nature of your surgery and your experience skating. Are you wearing a helmet (suggested). Have this discussion with your neurosurgeon, he or she is in the best position to help with this. ...Read more

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How long does it take, (after brain surgery) for you to heal?

Usually 2-3 months: Obviously the length of time to recover from a craniotomy is influenced by many factors such as the type of procedure, the pathology, age, and other medical problems. But in general, most patients have recovered from surgery in 2-3 months. ...Read more