Neurosurgery Patient Going Home
What to Watch For
When going home after a ______________________________, there are signs and symptoms you should watch for and report to your doctor.
Signs and Symptoms
- Worsening or severe headache or pain not relieved by medications
- More tired than usual
- Nausea or vomiting that doesn’t go away
- Problems with walking or balance
- Face, arm or leg weakness
- Personality or behavior changes
- Confused or irritable
- Clear fluid running from nose or ears
- Vision changes
- New seizure
- Problems speaking
- Neck stiffness
- More sensitive to light
Follow physician's instructions for incision care. Do not soak or submerge it in water. In general, gently wash with mild soap and water, rinse well and pat it dry. Do not rub incision. You should also watch daily for signs and symptoms of infection.
- Marked increase in pain
- Fever greater than 100° F (oral)
Report any of the above to Dr. ______________________ at (608) 263-7502 or call your local Emergency Room.
To learn more about side effects of a mild brain injury, please see Health Facts for You: Mild Brain Injury #5304.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 03/10/2010
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