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Closed Stereotactic Surgery For Malignant Glioma

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Closed stereotactic surgery for malignant glioma is done to perform a biopsy on a tumor in the brain called a malignant glioma. A malignant glioma forms when brain cells called glial cells become cancerous. A small piece of the tumor is taken out during a biopsy and sent to a lab for tests.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.

  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.

  • Steroid medicine: Your primary healthcare provider may slowly decrease the amount of steroid medicine you are using. Do not change the amount or stop using this medicine until your primary healthcare provider tells you to.

  • Chemotherapy: If you are being treated with chemotherapy, take your medicine exactly as directed.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

You will be told when to return to have the stitches in your head removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.

  • You have dizziness or nausea, or you are vomiting.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have a fever, stiff neck, or eye pain, especially when you look directly at light.

  • You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your incision.

  • You have a severe headache that does not go away even after you take pain medicines.

  • You have trouble breathing, seeing, talking, or thinking clearly.

  • You passed out or had a seizure.

  • Your face is getting numb or you cannot move your arms or legs.

  • Your symptoms come back or become worse.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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