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Spinal Fluid Leak After Brain Surgery
Hello I have a scar from a brain surgery and I found out there is liquid in part of it. Just recently, it burst and it won't stop leaking what can I do?
Chronic head & back pain 10 months after brain surgery (removed malformation causing epilepsy in the left temporal lobe) and spinal tap. Why?
CSF loss: Loss of cerebral spinal fluid may be one explanation. What does your neurosurgeon say? ...Read more
Vague?? but no: What kind of surgery are you referring to? With many neurosurgical procedures, CSF leak is a risk, especially if the CSF space itself was entered as a part of the operation. These leaks are not uncommon, sometimes even a normal part of healing, and usually resolve with proper treatment. I encourage you to review your concerns with your surgeon. Your surgeon is in the best position to help you. ...Read more
Yes: Most commonly happens after spinal tap. Usually resolves by itself. ...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
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
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
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 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
Autism: Not that I know of.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have pressure inside the skull and went in for emergency brain surgery but what happens afterwards?
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
Yes it is: Though numbers are better when surgery is employed in focal epilepsies, generalized seizures are successfully treated using techniques such as implanted vagal stimulators and corpus callosum sections. It is even true that some cases of generalized epilepsy are recognized as focal after such surgeries are performed. In carefully chosen cases I believe outcomes are very good. ...Read more
I am not sure: I am not sure. Lets see if someone else with expertise in neurosurgery will answer your question. ...Read more
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
Yes: Certain conditions can predispose children to epilepsy while also causing behavior disturbances. An example of this is hypothalamic hamartomas in which children exhibit laughing seizures while also having behavior disturbances. After brain surgery, children can behave "badly" but this is more a response to being ill than caused by surgery. ...Read more
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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
Having brain surgery tuesday morning, preop tomorrow. Will I get denied because I have a very mild case of thrush?
Hard to say: Great question to ask at your pre op appointment tomorrow. ...Read more
Is it common to need gallbladder removal after having chiari brain surgery since they cut through the gallbladder meridian?
See below: No. Not likely.Get a more detailed answer ›
I want to ask, I had a brain surgery I had a benign tumor it was meningioma, is that possible to show up this tumor after couple of years?
Know grade: The recurrence rate of a meningoma depends upon its WHO GRADE. If the original meningoma was Grade I recurrence is lower 25% and if it was Grade III recurrence rate can be as high as 90%. Check out what your specific Grade was and your neurosurgeon can educate you about the risk for recurrence. ...Read more
What is the best way of handling depression and at the same time handling aggravations from being trapped by getting over brain surgery.?
I'm 2 months op brain surgery removed 50% of tumor now I've got to have 22 frictioned radition. Will radition made anesthesia dolorosa worst?
This technique supposedly offers the advantage of causing little or no disturbance of facial sensation. Nevertheless, complications such as paresthesias, dysesthesias, and anesthesia dolorosa (pain in an area that is without sensation) have been reported. Rec.: talk to your surgeon for more information and education.
Take care. ...Read more
3 weeks ago had brain surgery and the neoplasma benignum hypophyseos removed. Now when she walks I hear ticking noise from head. Is it normal?
Ask your surgeon now: Your question indicates that you had a very, very specific surgery for a very, very specific condition, and there is no substitute for discussing your situation and asking your question of the surgeon's office. The surgeon should know what specific procedure was done and where it was done and what would be "normal" to expect afterwards. Unexpected results may require emergency treatment. ...Read more
I had brain surgery they got over 50% of it why is it a big deal to do radiation on what's left if it's a very slow growing tumor meningomia?
BIg deal!: You just had Brain surgery, that is a big deal, and statistically, adding radiation treatment to the remaining tumor has the potential to dramatically decrease what is left and prevent further possible complications in the future. Radiation tx has come a long way and they can often pinpoint the beam exactly where they want and need it to go. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
My brother has all 5 types of epilepsy. They recommending exploratory brain surgery, please tell me how it's done and the risks ect involved?
Informed Consent: Am sorry to hear of your brother's health issues. The topic you bring up is a complex one and I don't believe we can do it justice in 400 characters or less. This is usually an issue that the neurosurgeon will cover in detail. Take care. ...Read more
My 26 year old brother has to go for brain surgery for uncontrolled epelpic seizures what are the side effects of it and what will exactly happen?
Impossible: I am very sorry to hear of your brother's troubles. I am sure he is in good hands there. Unfortunately there are too many unknowns: the type of surgery, any complications, the medications he is on etc for us to give you any valid answers to your good questions. Please copy these questions and take them to the hospital so that they can be asked of those caring for him. ...Read more
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