On the night before surgery, can I eat and drink?
What about on the day of surgery?
What should I do about my normal medication that I take?
Detailed instructions are usually given on the pre-anesthesia visit, but as a general rule a Patient should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Patients are encouraged to have a light snack in the late evening before they go to bed so that they will be less hungry on the morning of surgery. The only exception to this rule is that we frequently instruct patients to take their routine medications on the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. The Anesthesia team will give you more detailed instructions about this.
What happens during surgery?
The surgical team which can involve a team of doctors , medical staff and nurses will perform the positioning and the surgery as discussed with you prior to your giving Consent .
How long after surgery will it be before I am awake?
The number one monitor for patients undergoing brain surgery is their neurologic function, this includes talking with the patient and asking the patient to answer questions and follow simple commands, such as holding up two fingers, wiggling toes and smiling. For this reason, it is our goal that you be awake as quickly as possible after surgery.
What is the usual length of stay in the hospital after the surgery ?
Usual length of stay for patients undergoing craniotomy for a brain tumor is three hospital days. Some patients go home a day sooner or stay a day longer. Obviously, patients who have postoperative difficulties may be required to stay longer.
Will I have physical therapy after surgery?
This determination is made following the surgery and is based primarily on how quickly the patient is up and walking and how steady the patient is on their feet as well as any other sorts of neurologic problems which may be related to the underlying disease process.
Will I be allowed to shower?
Exact instructions about wound care will be given to you prior to your discharge. In general, Patients are allowed to shower 48 to 72 hours after their surgery using a quick rinse of the hair and a small amount of baby shampoo.
When will my sutures be removed?
The staples or sutures are usually removed somewhere between the 7th and 14th postoperative days.
When is my first postoperative visit?
Patients are usually seen to have their sutures removed somewhere between one to two weeks after surgery.
What restrictions will be placed on my activities?
Patients are encouraged to resume their normal activities of daily living including walking and doing their own personal care. Nevertheless, more strenuous activities such as working out, heavy lifting, and strong exertion are discouraged for four to six weeks after surgery until wounds have healed. Exact instructions about when to return to more strenuous activity are given on a case-by-case basis. When can I return to work?
This depends a great deal on the exact nature of your work. People who perform more strenuous work may be kept from work longer until their physical stamina has returned and their wound is well healed. Patients who perform less strenuous jobs may be allowed to make their own determination about when to return to work. In general, patients usually return to work somewhere between four and six weeks after surgery.