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Alternate Names : Brain Surgery

Craniotomy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

Most people need to stay in the hospital from 5 to 14 days after a craniotomy. Their activity is slowly increased. It is common for people to feel tired for 6 weeks after surgery. Depending on the area of the brain affected, the person may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy to regain normal function.

If surgery was performed for a cancerous brain tumor, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be needed.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Complications from a craniotomy may include the following:

  • bleeding into the brain, which may require a second craniotomy
  • infection
  • allergic reactions to anesthesia
  • stroke
  • seizures
  • swelling of the brain, which may require a second craniotomy
  • permanent brain damage with associated disabilities

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    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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