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Old 12-23-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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Brain surgery recovery questions

In about 2 weeks I am having brain surgery for a skull based meningioma. I am 43 and in great physical condition. I am wondering what to expect for a recovery period. I know it depends on how things go, but IF things go relatively smooth, has anyone had this type of surgery and have some insight as to what recovery is going to be like?

I have read quite a few forums on the web and see lots of bad reports. Are there any good recovery stories out there? I keep getting back online and reading and I just keep depressing myself.


Old 12-24-2010, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: Brain surgery recovery questions

Hi I had brain surgery on 12th November I am now 6 weeks post op and doing reasonably well (I think), My heart goes out to you because I know what you are going through in my opinion the operation/recovery is not as bad as you imagine not sure what sort of surgery you are having, I had a craniotomy at the back of my head. After surgery I was a little slightly sore around the area that they cut for the first couple of days had headaches, and felt sick but I felt like that before surgery so not to bad at all. Like I said I am now 6 weeks post op still have a woozy feeling in my head and occasional headaches and nausea but not to bad at all. The only lasting effects that I have from surgery are slight wobbly legs, and double vision when I get tired. Obviously everybody is different but heres hoping that things go well for you. Good luck

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Old 12-24-2010, 08:42 AM   #3
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Re: Brain surgery recovery questions

Thank you for responding. It is very scary and I have no idea what to expect. Mine is pressing against my brain stem and goes up into my cavernous sinus. They are not going to try to get that part as it is too involved with my carotid artery, but they hope to get at least 60 percent of it and then watch the rest and maybe radiation. They say my 5th and 6th nerve are involved and that depending on damage to them, double vision after is likely and the numbness in my face may be permanent. They are going in behind my ear. I find myself just dying to find someone who has gone through this same thing to talk to. Even with family and friends all around and trying to support you.... you feel so alone.

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