Recovering from your brain tumour operation can take some time and recovery time differs for everyone. Post-surgery, you can stay in hospital for about 3 to 10 days depending on the surgery and time taken take to recover from it.
It’s common for people to feel worse immediately after their surgery than they did before. This can be upsetting if you are not prepared for it. Removing a brain tumour is a big operation so it might be a while before you feel the benefits from having the tumour removed. Brain surgery can cause swelling in the brain. Your doctors and nurses monitor this closely and will give you treatment to reduce the swelling. But it might still cause symptoms such as:
It is normal for people to feel worse and can be disturbing right after their surgery than before. Cerebral surgery can cause brain swelling. Your healthcare will closely be monitoring this, and will give you medication to minimize swelling. Yet, there can be some symptoms such as:
- Personality or behaviour changes
- Poor balance or lack of coordination
- Fits (seizures)
- Problems with your speech
At first, the symptoms could get worse and you can have signs you previously didn’t have making it difficult for you and your family. However, as you may recover from these symptoms. Your healthcare team can give you some advice on what to expect from recovery. Some people are completely recovering from their surgery while others can face some long-term issues. It is not always possible to predict how things will turn out after surgery and your recovery.
Following brain surgery, some people recover well but that can take some time. Some have certain difficulties, or long-term issues. The complications you might have depend on where the tumor was located in the brain region. Problems might include:
- Weakness in an arm or leg
- Difficulty walking
- Behaviour changes
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Problems with speech