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How Soon Can I Start Exercising After Brain Surgery
How soon after brain surgery can you workout? Removed two meniginomas in the cerebellum. Two weeks out today.
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 in regard to your question. Are you set up for brain surgery for a brain biopsy, brain tumor resection, aneurysm clipping, or another cause? ...Read more
Recovery: Depending on the location of your surgery, you first need a period 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
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
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
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
Many options: You need appropriate medications based upon your age and history. Your doctor who does a preop evaluation be the best one to decide. It is possible to improve your blood pressure with medications quickly. Also, if blood pressure is high around the surgery, there are intravenous medications that can be administered to control it well. ...Read more
Yes: Many types of brain surgery are done only as last resort. For instance, hemi-craniectomy (removal of half the skull) for brain trauma is done as a last resort surgery. Also, hemispherectomies (removal of half the brain) is usually done as a last resort for severe seizure disorder in children. ...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
How can I go about asking my dr about getting tested again to see if im a candidate for brain surgery?
What type of tests are performed to determine if you're a good candidate for the brain surgery or not.
I have to go in for brain surgery and I'm nervous. Is brain surgery safer now than it was from the past?
Yes: Being anxious before major surgery is quite common -- but you can talk with your neurosurgeon about any questions or concerns you have, please set aside the time to do this. Before signing permission for the procedures, you should be given opportunity for such a discussion. Be well. ...Read more
If you have brain surgery facing down and they have to shock you back to life do they have to turn you over? What would happen?silly q.
Yes: Yes. They would flip you back over if something happened. ...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
Not much: There is nothing that we know of that should prevent one from flying after brain surgery even if you had to do it immediately after the surgery. The pressure inside of the airplanes are so well controlled that the change in pressure should be minimal. However, flying is a tiring event even for someone who did not have brain surgery. Therefore, you will be more tired and hurt more when you land ...Read more
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
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
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
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