Alternate Names : Brain Surgery
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
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
allergic reactions to anesthesia
swelling of the brain, which may require a second craniotomy
permanent brain damage with associated disabilities