You received stereotactic radiosurgery or radiotherapy. This is a form of radiation therapy that focuses high-powered x-rays onto a small area of your brain or spine.
You may have a headache or feel dizzy after your treatment.
If you had pins that held a frame in place, they will be removed before you go home.
If you had anchors placed, they will be taken out when you have received all of your treatments. While the anchors are in place:
If there are no complications, such as swelling, most people go back to their regular activities the next day. Some people are kept in the hospital overnight for monitoring. You may develop black eyes during the week after surgery, but it is nothing to worry about.
You should be able to eat normal foods after your treatment. Ask your doctor about when to return to work.
Medicines to prevent nausea and pain might be prescribed. Take them as instructed.
You will most likely need to have an MRI, CT scan, or angiogram a few weeks or months after the procedure. Your health care provider will schedule your follow-up visit.
You may need additional treatments:
Call your doctor if you have:
Gamma knife - discharge; Cyberknife - discharge; Stereotactic radiotherapy - discharge; Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy- discharge; Cyclotrons- discharge; Linear accelerator- discharge; Lineacs - discharge; Proton beam radiosurgery - discharge
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Updated by: Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery Providence Hospital, Medford, OR, Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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