What to Expect From Neurosurgery
Knowing you need brain or spinal surgery can feel overwhelming. But today's surgical procedures are minimally invasive and don't require as much recovery time as they used to. Your specific treatment will depend on your condition, age, and overall health.
Here are some things to keep in mind about brain or spinal surgery:
- You may or may not need neurosurgery for a spinal problem. You can see an orthopedic spine surgeon for some spinal conditions. However, if the problem is intradural — involving the spinal cord itself — you should see a neurosurgeon.
- You probably won't need to shave your head. The prep team may shave a tiny strip of hair to make an incision. They will make the incision behind your hairline to keep it covered.
- We get you up and around as soon as possible. The day after surgery, you'll begin working with a physical therapist. Many people can go home as soon as three or four days after surgery. (Of course, your recovery time depends on your condition. Traumatic brain injury may have a longer recovery time.)
- SRS treatments are done on an outpatient basis. If you're having SRS, you can go home the same day.