Your length of craniotomy recovery time in the hospital depends on the reason you had a craniotomy. Also, patients may experience difficulty with walking, talking, balance and strength after surgery.
Many different therapies, including physical, occupational and speech, are often prescribed for patients to help them regain normal function. If you require rehab before going home, a doctor from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department will see you and make specific recommendations regarding your discharge.
Other treatments after a craniotomy may include steroids to help reduce brain swelling, anticonvulsants to prevent seizures or other medications to manage other post-op symptoms. Your surgeon will decide when you are ready for discharge.
In order to go home, you must be able to walk, eat, urinate and have a healing wound.
You may shower, but try and avoid bathtubs, whirlpools and swimming pools until cleared with your doctor.
If you have steri-strips (strips of tape), cover your incision as directed by your doctor. You or a companion may remove the tapes as directed. If your tapes do get wet, you pay pat tapes dry or use hair dryer on cool setting.
If you have staples, you may wash your hair but not scrub over incision.
DO NOT apply lotions or creams near incision site. No hair dying/perming until cleared by your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
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