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An aneurysm is a bulging, weak section of a blood vessel. Sometimes aneurysms put pressure on nerves. They can also bleed or break open (rupture). Surgery can fix an aneurysm in your brain. This can prevent strokes, bleeding, and brain damage.
During brain aneurysm surgery, the doctor made cuts (incisions) in your scalp and skull. Then the doctor placed a metal clip over the weak area of your brain blood vessel. Then the doctor used metal plates and clamps to put the piece of your skull back in place.
You will probably feel very tired for several weeks after this surgery. You may also have headaches or problems concentrating for 1 to 2 weeks. It can take 4 to 8 weeks to fully recover.
The incisions may be sore for about 5 days after surgery. Your scalp may swell with fluid. You may also have numbness and shooting pains near your wound. You may have swelling and bruising around your eyes. As your wound starts to heal, it may begin to itch. Medicines and ice packs can help with headaches, pain, swelling, and itching.
During surgery, the incisions on your head were closed with small metal plates or clamps. Some kinds of plates and clamps need to be removed 7 to 10 days after surgery. If your head was shaved, you may want to wear hats or scarves on your head until your hair grows back. Or it may not bother you.
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 any problems.
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Current as of: July 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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