What Happens: After Going Home from Surgery?
April 13, 2017 by Dr. Joung H. Lee, M.D.0
- You will be instructed to taper your oral steroid agent over a course of several days. As long as you are on Decadron, you will continue to take Pepcid or Zantac to prevent gastritis.
- You will continue with the prescribed anti-epileptic medication until instructed to discontinue.
- Your postoperative headache will improve very fast, and this will be at its minimal, or very manageable by with an oral pain medication, by the time you go home.
- You will be asked to return 10-14 days following your surgery for suture removal.
- You will use your common sense as to how much or little you do at home. Doing too much will wear you out and at times cause worsening headaches, while doing too little or being sedentary at home may cause dangerous complications such as pneumonia and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in your calves.
- My recommendation is to be as active as you can tolerate, going for walks and increasing the overall level of activity on a daily basis.
- Expect to return to work in 4-6 weeks following surgery in most situations.
- You will again return for a routine postoperative follow-up evaluation in 6-8 weeks to see me.
- For patients with a benign meningioma (WHO Grade I), your follow-up MRI will be 1 year after surgery.
- For patients with an aggressive meningioma (WHO Grade II), your follow-up MRI will be 4-6 months after surgery.
- For patients with a malignant meningioma, you will be arranged to have radiation treatment(s) shortly following surgery. The follow-up MRI will be in 3 months after completion of radiation treatments.