Nov 14, 2019

Recovering After Neurosurgery


Advancements in medical treatments and surgery make possible many new life-changing treatments. If you are recovering from neurosurgery, you should be aware of some of the symptoms and changes you might experience as you recover. Physical therapy, pain management, and emotional support are all parts of helping you recover quickly and well.

Physical Symptoms After Surgery

It is not uncommon to experience both physical and cognitive symptoms after neurosurgery.  There are treatments and therapies specifically designed to help you navigate and manage these symptoms in recovery.
– Occupational therapy is meant to help you relearn or strengthen the skills you need for every-day activities.
– Physical therapy usually consists of a plan of movements and exercises designed specifically for you by a physical therapist which will help with mobility and strength.
– Speech therapy can help develop or restore speech
– Emotional and psychological therapies can help you cope with trauma and distress associated with a neurological condition.

Pain Management

Experiencing some pain is common while recovering from neurosurgery. Pain can interrupt your daily activities or sleep schedule which can lead to other problems such as depression. Speak to your doctor about what pain type of pain management will be most beneficial for you.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with pain or to treat a neurological condition.  These medications can sometimes come with side effects such as
– Dizziness and nausea
–  Sudden changes in weight
–  Constipation or diarrhea
–  Sleep problems
If you are experiencing these side effects, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to change the dosage or suggest an alternative medication for you to try.

Have a support system

Recovering from neurosurgery can be a difficult journey.  Reach out to your family and friends for support and consider joining a support group or other community of people who are also experiencing neurological disorders. Sharing stories and experiences can be a supportive and important part of recovering.
Additionally, remember that your doctor can help you with any questions or concerns you have about your neurological condition or the recovery process.  From the moment you arrive at the hospital for surgery, to after you have returned home, you will have a supportive team of medical professionals, rehabilitation therapists, and psychologists who will be ready to assist you in your recovery.

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