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Alternate Names : Brain Surgery

Craniotomy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens right after the procedure?

After the procedure, the person will be taken to the surgery recovery room or an intensive care unit. A breathing tube, or endotracheal tube, may be left in place for a short time until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off.

Since there is some risk involved with this surgery, a healthcare provider will check vital signs often by doing the following:

  • Check the reaction of the person's pupils with a flashlight.
  • Ask the person simple questions to determine his or her mental status. For instance, the person may be asked his or her name, the date, and where he or she is.
  • Evaluate movement in the person's arms and legs.
  • A turban-like dressing or soft adhesive dressing will be placed over the incision. Pain medication will be given as needed.

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    Craniotomy: Home Care and Complications

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

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