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Doctor insights on: Stroke During Brain Surgery

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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.

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Can I still fly on a plane after having a major stroke and brain surgery?

Yes: It is safe to resume commercial air travel about 4 weeks after a stroke or craniotomy. Earlier if absolutely required and approved by your treating physician.

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My father had got stroke and know he is okay after brain surgery. I heard that those who get first attack they will get second attack also. How to prev?

My father had got stroke and know he is okay after brain surgery. I heard that those who get first attack they will get second attack also. How to prev?

See a neurologist: A neurologist can discuss your father's previous stroke and his modifiable risk factors in order to reduce his risk of a future stroke.

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What are the things they drill into your skull during brain surgery?

What are the things they drill into your skull during brain surgery?

Not sure: We use a drill to enter the skull in order to perform brain surgery. We then replace the skull afterward with titanium plates and screws. I'm not sure what you mean by drilling things into the skull during brain surgery.

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Why is necessary to have during awake brain surgery head fixed in a frame? When patient woke up, feels pain from this fixation or from opened skull?

Why is necessary to have during awake brain surgery head fixed in a frame? When patient woke up, feels pain from this fixation or from opened skull?

Helps guide surgeons: There are some neurosurgical procedures where an awake patient helps surgeons avoid vital structures that could affect speech/language or other functions which otherwise may become impaired if the patient were not awake. I'm sure a neurosurgical colleague or 2 would like to chime in on this interesting question and give more detailed feedback. Pain is hopefully controlled afterward with medication

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Feels the patient pain when is during awake brain surgery the patient awake and his head is screwed in frame to prevent movement his head?

Feels the patient pain when is during awake brain surgery the patient awake and his head is screwed in frame to prevent movement his head?

Awake surgery: At no time during awake surgery does the patient feel pain. The patient is under general for application of the head frame. This discomfort lasts for approx 20. The patient is awakened when surgery is done in eloquent areas such as motor speech. The functional MRI has allowed less awake surgery to be done.

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Is a seizure drug administerered post op? Does a neurosurgeon administer seizure medication through IV as a precaution against a patient having a seizure during or after brain surgery? Is this common practice?

Is a seizure drug administerered post op? Does a neurosurgeon administer seizure medication through IV as a precaution against a patient having a seizure during or after brain surgery? Is this common practice?

Administering: Administering anti-seizure medicine through a vein (IV) or by mouth after brain surgery is not uncommon, and usually depends on the neurosurgeon's personal understanding and experience of the risk of seizures given the patient and the surgery. In some cases, patients are advised to take anti-seizure medicine for weeks or months following a surgery.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How bad is brain surgery and is there rehab after?

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.

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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.

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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.

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