There is no single hard and fast rule as far as recovery from brain tumors is concerned. This is because there are over a hundred different types of brain tumors and the brain contains hundreds of complex structures and billions of nerve connections.
Because of the intricacy of this delicate organ, doctors very carefully map out the exact location of the tumor using imaging scans before the surgery. This is to minimize potential effects of the surgery while removing as much of the tumor as possible. Brain tumor excision surgeries are very delicate and you need to ensure you have an experienced team of doctors working on you. The Sita Bhateja Specialty hospital in Bangalore is one place where you can be guaranteed excellent professional care by a highly experienced and decorated neurosurgical doctors’ team followed by excellent post-op care.
Prior to surgery, the surgeon will explain that there might be some side-effects and residual deficits post a successful tumor excision surgery. The goal of course is to keep the brain as intact as possible. Post-surgery, the patient is kept in the ICU and observed for any brain function deficits or complications. Transient deficits are normal due to bruising of the brain and disappear within a few weeks. The patient is also assessed for physical therapy or speech therapy needs prior to being discharged.
The hardest part of recovery is after getting discharged. Healing requires extra rest and time before energy levels normalize. Some patients may need to undergo therapy for serious deficits involving muscle weakness or speech difficulties; others may experience only minor problems. All these deficits along with the physical weakness and recovery process can tend to become frustrating for the patient. The patient will struggle between gratitude for getting rid of the tumor along with frustration at some of the resulting limitations incurred. A strong support group of friends and family will make a big difference at this point.
The amount of time required for recovery from brain tumor surgery is dependent on a few factors:
- The location of the brain tumor
- The extent of area affected by the treatment procedure
- The patient’s age and health status
- The type of procedure used for tumor removal
The patient may also need the following rehabilitation services for full recovery:
Physical Therapy: Needed to improve ability to walk normally and improve strength and balance.
Occupational Therapy: This helps the patient to perform their daily need activities like taking a shower or getting dressed.
Speech therapy: This can help patients with speech or language problems along with swallowing difficulties.Over time, most patients lead a perfectly normal life.