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Closed Stereotactic Surgery for Malignant Glioma

WHAT YOU NEED TO 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.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • 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.

Call your surgeon or doctor if:

  • Your symptoms come back or become worse.
  • 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 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.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics prevent or fight an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Steroids may be slowly decreased. Do not change the amount or stop using this medicine until your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • Chemotherapy may be given. If you are being treated with chemotherapy, take your medicine exactly as directed.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

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.

Follow up with your surgeon or doctor 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.

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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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