Patient Expectations Following Craniotomy Surgery
- Patients are closely monitored in the intensive care unit (ICU) for at least 24 hours.
- Pain or discomfort at the incision site, managed with pain medications.
- Swelling and bruising around the incision site and face.
- Temporary changes in mental function, such as confusion or memory issues.
- Fatigue or weakness.
Postoperative Day 2
- Dressings are typically removed, and patients are advised to keep the incision site clean and dry.
Postoperative Day 3
- Patients can usually shower, but should avoid submerging the incision in water (e.g., in a bath or swimming pool) until the wound is fully healed and sutures or staples have been removed.
Postoperative Days 2-4
- Discharge from the hospital typically occurs within 2-4 days after the surgery, depending on the patient’s condition and recovery progress.
1 Week Post-Surgery
- A reduction in pain and swelling around the incision site, with some discomfort still present.
- Gradual improvement in mental function, although some cognitive issues may persist.
- Continued fatigue or weakness, but with some improvement in overall energy levels.
- Possible follow-up appointments with the neurosurgeon to assess recovery progress.
2 Weeks Post-Surgery
- Sutures or staples are usually removed at around 14 days after the surgery, depending on the patient’s healing progress and the surgeon’s preference.
1 Month Post-Surgery
- Significant reduction or resolution of pain and swelling at the incision site.
- Continued improvement in cognitive function, with most patients returning to their baseline mental state.
- Increased strength and energy levels, allowing for a gradual return to daily activities and work.
- Follow-up appointments with the neurosurgeon and possible imaging studies to ensure the aneurysm has been successfully treated.
1 Year Post-Surgery
- Complete healing of the surgical site, with only a scar remaining.
- Return to normal cognitive function and daily activities, including work and hobbies.
- Possible follow-up imaging studies to ensure the long-term success of the aneurysm treatment.
- In some cases, patients may continue to experience minor changes in cognitive function, headaches, or fatigue, but these symptoms are usually manageable and improve over time.