Going through surgery, particularly neurosurgery, can be quite daunting. This will not be the case when you are in the care of a qualified neurosurgeon with the skills and experience. Even then, you will no doubt still have questions.
It helps to know what to expect. Regarding what to expect post-op, here are some of the questions you may want to ask your neurosurgeon.
1. When Should You Get Immediate Help?
Recovery after surgery can be quite smooth. Your neurosurgeon will, however, outline some of the signs to look out for, which will require you to seek immediate medical attention.
These signs include the incision opening or you otherwise showing signs of infection, developing a high fever, a bad headache, being unable to think clearly and more.
2. Is There An At-Home Management Plan For Any Side Effects?
Feeling lethargic and sore and having a slight headache are all quite common after surgery. You won't need to seek emergency medical care for these symptoms.
Getting plenty of rest is always the number-one recommendation that your neurosurgeon will give. You may also get some painkillers.
3. How Long Will It Take To Fully Recover?
Your neurosurgeon will tell you how long it takes. The time differs from one person to the next, and it will also depend on the type of procedure you have. That said, if you follow the instructions given, you won't have to wait any longer than necessary to get back to your regular routine.
4. Will You Need Rehabilitation Services?
Depending on the outcome of the surgery, your neurosurgeon may need to commit you to the care of other care specialists, such as physical and speech therapists. The rehabilitation services or care that these specialists provide will help you get back to your life as you know it faster and make that transition smoother.
5. What If The Surgery Doesn't Produce The Expected Or Desired Results?
Even with the most qualified and experienced neurosurgeon, you are not guaranteed a particular outcome. Be it another surgery or seeking alternative treatment, your neurosurgeon will discuss with you what options are available to you if the surgery doesn't produce the expected results. An expert will always have a contingency plan for such outcomes.
There is no limit to what you can ask your neurosurgeon. If it will calm you and help you to prepare better, be it mentally or physically, then by all means, ask away.Share
11 November 2020
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