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Craniotomy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a craniotomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Brain swelling
  • Damage to your brain which may cause:
  • Changes in memory, behavior, thinking, or speech
  • Vision problems
  • Problems with balance
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis or weakness
  • Reaction to anesthesia (eg, light-headedness, low blood pressure, wheezing)
  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Any changes in physical ability (balance, strength, or movement)
  • Any changes in mental status (level of consciousness, memory, thinking, or responsiveness)
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, a lot of bleeding, or any discharge from the cut
  • Headache that does not go away
  • Stiff neck
  • Changes in vision (like double, blurred, or vision loss)
  • Fainting or seizures
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your face, arms, or legs
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you can't control with the medicines you were given after surgery or which continue for more than two days after leaving the hospital
  • Pain that you can't control with the medicines you've been given
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough , shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Trouble controlling your bladder and/or bowels
  • Swelling, tenderness, hotness, or redness anywhere in your legs

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



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