Why am I to have epilepsy surgery now?
Could there be problems caused by the surgery?
With any surgery on the brain, there is a small risk of having these problems:
What happens on the day of my surgery?
You will go to the operating room by stretcher where you will meet the operating room nurses and doctors. From the time you are taken from your hospital room until the time you are taken to the recovery room will be about 6 to 8 hours. The surgery will be done under general anaesthesia. You will have a small head bandage, which will be removed after a few days.
Will my hair need to be shaved?
Yes. Your doctor will decide how much of your hair will have to be shaved. Your hair will start to grow back very soon and will hide your scar.
How will I feel after the surgery?
Ask your nurse for some medicine to relieve your pain.
You should feel much better by day 3 and feel ready to go home by day 4.
What will happen to my seizures?
You may still have seizures the first few days after surgery. This is not unusual.
What should I do after I go home?
What about my emotions?
Some people find that their emotions go up and down during the first weeks after surgery. You may feel “blue” or depressed or become excited or elated. These feelings are temporary but you may need to take medicine for this for a short time.
Each person’s recovery after surgery is different. Your doctors, nurses and social worker are available to provide support and answer your questions.
When do I go back to see my doctor?
Regular follow-ups will be scheduled with your doctors. It is important to keep these appointments. The doctor will want to see how you are healing from your surgery and if the surgery has reduced your seizures.
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This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace the advice of a professional healthcare practitioner, or to substitute for medical care.
Developed by Patricia Kerr, BSc(N), CNN©, Sheila Koutsogiannopoulos, BSc(N), CNN©, Naomi Akazawa, BSc(N) of the MUHC Epilepsy Program and Eileen Beany Peterson, MLIS.