When You're in the Hospital
You had surgery on your brain. During surgery, your doctor made a surgical cut (incision) in your scalp. A small hole was then drilled into your skull bone or a piece of your skull bone was removed. This was done so that the surgeon could operate on your brain. If a piece of skull bone was removed, at the end of surgery it was likely put back in place and attached with small metal plates.
Surgery was done for one of the following reasons:
- Correct a problem with a blood vessel.
- Remove a tumor or other abnormality along the surface of the brain or in the brain tissue itself.
You have spent some time in the intensive care unit and some more time in a regular hospital room. You may be taking new medicines.
What to Expect at Home
You'll probably notice itchiness, pain, burning, and numbness along your incision. You may hear a clicking sound where the bone is slowly reattaching. Complete healing of the bone may take 6 to 12 months.
You may have a small amount of fluid under the skin near your incision. The swelling may be worse in the morning when you wake up.
You may have headaches. You may notice this more with deep breathing, coughing, or being active. You may have less energy when you get home. This may last for several months.
Your doctor may have prescribed medicines for you to take at home. These may include antibiotics and medicines to prevent seizures. Ask your doctor how long you should expect to take these medicines. Follow instructions on how to take these medicines.
If you had a brain aneurysm, you may also have other symptoms or problems.