You will wake up in recovery, and after about an hour you will be transferred to the neurosurgical floor or to the NCCU (neurosurgical intensive care unit). Your nursing staff will continually monitor you for any signs of a complication, and measure your pulse, blood pressure, limb strength and level of alertness. During the first night in the hospital, you will be awakened for these observations.
Operations on the head do not often hurt much, but you may have a headache and will have pain relief pills and injections to ensure you’re comfortable. You may still have a urinary catheter in place from the operation.
In the next day or so, your nurse will remove the IV drip in your arm, and you will be encouraged to walk. Gradually, you will be able to move about normally. Your head bandage will be removed on the second day after surgery.
Most cranioplasty patients spend two to three days in the hospital after surgery. When your care team determines you can get around, shower and dress yourself, you will get a repeat CT scan of your head. If the surgical site looks okay, you will be released and can go home.
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What happens when I leave the hospital?
It may take some time before you feel completely back to normal.
. You will be tired.
. It is common to require a rest in the afternoon.
. You may have intermittent headaches.
. You will schedule appointments for one week and three to four weeks after surgery to have your sutures removed.
. Depending on how quickly you recover from any preoperative disability, you may require rehabilitation.
You can expect to be on activity restrictions for a period of six to 12 weeks. Early in your recovery, you will be limited to activities such as carrying weight, driving and exercise. As you attend follow-up appointments and your doctor assesses your recovery, he or she will gradually ease your activity restrictions.
Because there are different types of cranioplasty used to treat various conditions, you will need to speak with your personal doctor about what to expect regarding symptom relief. Some patients will experience immediate relief from any symptoms that necessitated treatment, though this is a very personal process and will be most accurately assessed by your own doctor.
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Contact your surgery team immediately if you notice:
. Increasing headache.
. Swelling or infection in the wound.
. Fluid leaking from the wound.
Important: do not drive until your doctor says you are ready. You will be assessed a week or two after your surgery to determine if it’s ok for you to drive.
About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best neurosurgeons in Iran. The price of a Cranioplasty Surgery in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined based on photos and an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of Cranioplasty Surgery in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.
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