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Speech Problems After Brain Surgery
My son in law has speech defect due to glio blastoma multiformer and surgery and brain surgery has left him with a speech impairment... Can he be he?
Which brain tests are done in awake part of awake brain surgery? Speech test, tests of extremities movement, memory tests or which?
Depends: On what part of the brain is being operated on. Mostly speech and movement testing. Squeezing object. Counting, repeating phrases. Things like that. ...Read more
Yes but risky: Brain surgery for psychiatric disorders is rare because of unwanted side effects, including loss of memory, inability to plan and organize behavior, sensory or motor (movement) problems, risk of infection, etc. Usually, specific area of the brain are removed, severed, or electrically stimulated. For emotional problems, areas of the limbic system, primarily the amygdala may be targeted. ...Read more
I had brain surgery last March I'm having problems sleeping I take 2 aitvan 1mg still awake can I take zzzzquil or a 5mg melatonin along with the ait?
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
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
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 is 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 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
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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Your: Who is the "your" in this question, the patient or the doctor. ...Read more
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