Surgery for a Brain Aneurysm: Hospital Recovery
A patient may spend
In the ICU
You can visit your loved one in the intensive care unit (ICU). He or she may be attached to many devices to monitor pressure on the brain, any new bleeding, vasospasm, and body functions. Special devices may be used to help maintain blood flow in the legs. After open surgery, a patient’s head may be bandaged. After an endovascular procedure, a patient needs to lie still for several hours. Once stable, your loved one will be moved to a regular hospital room.
Evaluating the Outcome
Follow-up tests may be done
As Healing Begins
At first, a patient may be on a liquid diet. As the body recovers, he or she can start eating solid foods. The ability to swallow, move about, and perform other functions will be checked. Patients also learn breathing exercises. This helps the body recover from surgery.
Working Toward Recovery
Sometimes, a patient has trouble moving his or her arms or legs. If so, rehabilitation may be needed. Special therapists work with the patient to help improve balance, strength, speech, and daily living skills. A therapist may suggest equipment that can help a patient move about at home.