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During your surgery, the doctor implanted electrodes in your brain and a pulse generator under the skin of your chest. Then the doctor connected the electrodes to the generator. This was done with a wire running under the skin of your head, neck, and shoulder.
You will probably have to stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery. You may have some soreness where your skin was cut.
After you go home, you will likely have to go back to the doctor a number of times. The doctor will adjust the system so that it works best for your symptoms.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have problems.
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Current as of: April 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & G. Frederick Wooten MD - Neurology & Colin Chalk MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
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