2 July, 2020 Tibss

Life after brain tumour surgery - Tibss

Was diagnosed with a brain tumour, underwent a brain tumour surgery, now what? This is common speculation that goes around if you or your loved one undergoes the brain tumour surgery. The transition from battling the tumour to curbing with the new normal is quite a challenge for the tumour survivors and their loved ones.

Said that we know that the recovery journey from brain tumour surgery is full of turmoil. It is quite a lot to handle as the patient and caretaker both experience a plethora of stress, difficulty, anxiety, and other hell lots of indirect symptoms.

But with everything said, the ones who have undergone this experience or are undergoing they need to ensure that they ought to keep their quality of life manageable, constructive, and optimistic.

Though the patient undergoes treatment, yet the chances of relapse prevail. So, with this post, let's understand how to manage life and the alarming signs that you need to look out for if you or your dear one has undergone brain tumour surgery.

Don’t panic and be aware of the after consequences of brain surgery

As already discussed, we need to understand that recovery period after undergoing the brain tumour surgery varies from patient to patient because it depends on:

  • The type of treatment the patient underwent
  • The location of the tumour in the brain
  • Areas of the brain affected by the tumour
  • The patient’s medical history, health or age
Patients and their caretakers need to be aware of the side effects that patients may experience during the recovery period. Some patients may start experiencing immediate side effects, and some may suffer from long term problems after surgery.

Here’s a list of side effects that you may observe in the person underwent brain surgery:
  • Immediate side effects: Other than the swelling in the brain, patients often experience:
    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • Lack of coordination and poor balance
    • Changes in personality and behaviour
    • Confusion and problems in speech

    Symptoms observed may be worse than the signs before the surgery. But with time, the symptoms may either disappear or lessen. But make sure you keep the regular follow-ups with the neurologist to avoid any further complications.

  • Long term problems after brain surgery Some patients recover from brain tumour surgery very well, but some may suffer from long term difficulties that need to be addressed with medical attention. The mentioned problems can be observed in the patient for a more extended period after the surgery:
    • Weakness
    • Difficulty in remembering or concentrating things
    • Changes in behaviour
    • Problems in speech
    • Difficulty in walking

Rehabilitation therapy

Patients undergone brain tumour surgery often feel difficulty in managing their thoughts, behaviour, and feelings. The underlying motive rehabilitation therapy is to keep the patient intact as a whole and help him/her recover physically, mentally, and occupationally. Helping you be independent and self-sufficient, the expert neurologists and healthcare professionals at TIBSS are dedicated to their patients

Physical therapists determine and evaluate the patient’s physical abilities, like walking and climbing stairs. Before and after the patient gets discharged, the therapists help them improve their strength and balance for being physically sound.

Occupational therapists keep an eye on the patient’s routine activities like dressing up, using the shower, and much more. They speculate the patients with a specific set of questions to determine the functioning of his/her mental ability skills, which includes thinking skills, vision, driving skills, and many others.

All this evaluation sums up in determining whether the patient can continue with his professional life or not. Speech-language therapists assess patients who suffer from speech and language disorders after undergoing brain tumour surgery. They help them to get rid of the difficulties and also lend them a spoonful hand for evaluating the swallowing disorders.

Symptoms to watch out for

Other than the usual side effects, which we have already talked about, patients who underwent brain tumour surgery may experience the following symptoms, which need emergency hand-on care else the patient’s health condition may get worse.

  • A severe and unbearable headache
  • Frequent nausea and vomits
  • Aphasia(severe difficulty in understanding and speaking language)
  • Worsening seizures which were not observed earlier
  • Suffer from hallucinations and become sensitive towards light
  • Red, swollen or painful calf
  • Has difficulty in urinating

If you observe any of the above symptoms in the patient, don’t delay taking them to the hospital because any unnecessary delay can cause critical damage to the patient.

Frequently asked questions by patients

Will I need further scans after undergoing brain tumour surgery?

Yes, even after getting the treatment for brain tumours, patients have to and should go for regular doctor checkups and scans. It is vital to go for doctor trials to determine the proper functioning of the brain.

Do I need to keep consuming the anti-seizure medication after the surgery?

Yes, it is critically imperative not to discontinue the intake of anti-seizure medication after the surgery. It’s not evident that you will suffer from seizures, but patients are recommended to consume the anti-seizure medicines due to the uncertain side effects of brain tumour surgery.

When will the stitches(sutures) be removed?

It usually takes 7 to 10 days to remove the stitches or clips after the surgery. Stitches can be removed either by the doctor; you got your surgery done or consult a local clinic to remove your stitches. You will be given the date for getting your sutures removed.

When can I wash my hair after the surgery?

Most doctors recommend waiting for a minimum of 48 hours before washing your head, but you should wait for 72 hours because of the stitch wounds. If any leakage is observed in the injury, you should avoid hair washing for longer.

Wrapping up

TIBSS is the foremost medical institution, providing multiple arrays of neurological services for patients. We have the most expert and proficient team of neurologists dedicated to serving the patients before, during, and after the brain tumour surgery.

By embracing the latest equipment and technology, we are acclaimed to pioneer the healthcare industry. TIBSS is a world-class neurological hospital known for its state of the art infrastructure, clinical excellence, and accurate diagnosis.