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Craniotomy For Tumor Resection

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A craniotomy for tumor resection is surgery to remove a tumor from your brain.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

The following medicines may be ordered for you:

  • Pain medicine may be given to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Steroids are used to reduce swelling in your brain.
  • Anticonvulsants are used to prevent seizures. You may need to take them for up to 12 months after your surgery.
  • NSAIDs are used to decrease swelling and pain or fever. NSAIDS are available without a doctor's order. Ask your primary healthcare provider which medicine to take and when to take it. Follow directions. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.
  • 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 or neurosurgeon in 7 to 10 days:

You will need to return to have the stitches taken out. You may need to start radiation or chemotherapy in 2 to 3 weeks. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with hydrogen peroxide and saline. Ask your neurosurgeon how to mix these before use. Check the wound for warmth, tenderness, and redness. If you cannot see the incision, have someone check it for you. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Self-care:

  • Rest when you need to while you heal after surgery. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
  • Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo made to prevent irritation. Ask your primary healthcare provider which shampoo to use and how to use it.
  • Do not bend or lift anything heavy until your neurosurgeon says it is okay.
  • Limit driving as instructed by your neurosurgeon.
  • Do not play contact sports until your neurosurgeon says it is okay.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol. This can delay healing.

Physical and occupational therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain. An occupational therapist teaches you skills to help with your daily activities.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or neurosurgeon if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have increasing pain, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • You have a fever with neck stiffness and a bad headache.
  • You have clear or yellow fluid draining from your wound, nose, or ears.
  • You have a seizure.
  • You become confused or sleepy.
  • You have a sudden loss of vision or hearing.
  • You have trouble breathing, swallowing, moving, talking, or thinking.

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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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