Brain surgery is a very serious surgery and while it can save lives it doesn’t come without some side effects. Not everyone will experience the same side effects. The side effects will vary depending on where the tumor was in your brain. After surgery it will take quite a while for you to return to normal. Going through brain surgery is a lot for your body to handle. You may experience swelling in the brain. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience dizziness, balance issues, confusion, speech issues, seizures, personality shifts, or weakness.
It’s important to remember the symptoms after surgery will lessen as time goes on. This is very normal for most patients after brain surgery. For some patients, recovery will be easy and quick. For other patients, it may not be that easy. Some patients may go back to their levels of moving and fitness as they were before surgery, and others may take longer or never go back. Some patients will be able to return to work normally, with some help from their employers and there are some patients that might not be able to return to work.
The location of the tumor will affect which issues the patient may have. If its located on the frontal lobe, this could affect their personality, difficulty walking, irritability, loss of inhibitions, losing interest in their life, weakness in the face, loss of smell, and/or problems with vision or speech. If the tumor is in their temporal lobe this can affect them remembering words, cause short-term memory loss, and can cause seizures. If the tumor is located in their parietal lobe, this can cause issues with speaking, problems with reading and writing, and loss of feeling in parts of the patient’s body. If the tumor is in the occipital lobe, this will cause them to have sight problems. And if the tumor is located in the hindbrain, this will cause them to have poor coordination, nausea, neck stiffness and dizziness, and uncontrollable movement of the eyes.
Life after surgery will be different from patient to patient because it depends on where the tumor was on the brain. Some patients may have long-term speech issues. Some other patients may have issues or weakness with their arms or legs. Unfortunately, some people may never return to how they were prior to surgery. It’s important to remember that some symptoms the patient has like memory loss, anxiety, anger and depression doesn’t just affect the patient but also affects the family and friends close to the patient. It’s important for everyone to remember to be patient with each other as life should return to normal eventually. There are a lot of support groups out there that can help ease you into this new lifestyle and give you ideas to help with the transition.
Life after brain surgery will not be the same, but it is possible over time to return to normalcy. Follow your doctor’s instructions and post care op, reach out for help if needed, go to rehabilitation services and contact 911 in case of an emergency.