What are my medications?

Pain medications are frequently prescribed for incisional pain and headaches. Do not take Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, or Asprin after surgery. These NSAID medications and others such as Coumadin or Plavix can cause bleeding at the site of surgery. Talk with your doctor to find out when it is safe to take these medications after surgery.

Dilantin is a medication given to prevent seizure. Decadron is a steroid that is used to treat swelling of the brain. Both Dilantin and Decadron are medications that must be taken carefully as prescribed, and should not be stopped suddenly. Talk with your doctor about the dose you are taking and how long you must continue the medication.

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What are some warning signs to watch for?

Although very uncommon, the following are warning signs to be aware of:

  • fever
  • a change in speech, vision, or movement
  • severe headache
  • vomiting
  • change in mental status (confusion or less responsive)
  • problems with incision (drainage, swelling, opening)
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Is pain normal?

It is common to have pain at the incision site and you may have headaches, however, if the pain is constant, severe, or getting worse with time contact your doctor or seek immediate medical attention.

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When do I see the doctor?

Schedule an appointment to see the doctor about one month after your surgery. You may need an imaging study (CT or MRI) before the appointment, and you must bring copies of the films to the office.

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