What Should I Expect After Surgery?

Post-Operative Care After Brain Tumor or Pituitary Tumor Surgery

(What to expect and follow-up appointments)

After Craniotomy Surgery

Most patients will spend at least one night in the intensive care unit (ICU) and then typically 2 or 3 additional nights on a regular (non-ICU) ward.

You will likely have some incisional pain and mild to moderate headache for which you will be given pain medication.

You may have a CT scan or MRI before your discharge home.

Your first follow-up appointment will be 2 – 3 weeks after surgery.

Your 2nd follow-up appointment will typically be 2 – 3 months after surgery.

Additional follow-up appointments with other specialists will be arranged as needed.

After Endonasal Surgery

Most patients will spend two nights on a regular (non-ICU) ward.

You will typically have some incisional pain if you had an abdominal fat graft taken and mild to moderate headache for which you will be given pain medication; nasal congestion and some bloody nasal drainage is also common.

You may have a CT scan or MRI before your discharge home.

Your first follow-up appointment will be 2 – 3 weeks after surgery.

Your second follow-up appointment will typically be 2 – 3 months after surgery.

Additional follow-up appointments with other specialists will be arranged as needed.