October 5, 2018


This week, we as MedTours Africa, have compiled some frequently asked questions and answers pertaining to brain surgery and the different options available. I am encouraging you to go through them to help you overcome your fears and make a more informed decision.  These are listed below

Is brain surgery dangerous?

Surgery on the brain or spinal cord is a serious operation, and surgeons are very careful to try to limit any problems either during or after surgery. Complications during or after surgery such as bleeding, infections, or reactions to anesthesia are rare, but they can happen.

Is brain surgery painful?

With brain surgery, that’s not an issue since neurons in the brain don’t have pain receptors, so as long as the scalp is numbed properly, patients don’t “feel” anything the surgeons are doing in the brain itself.

How long is brain tumor surgery?

For surgeries like craniotomy the length varies according to the part of the brain being operated on. It may take around 4-6 hours, but can be longer.

What is the most common brain surgery?

Craniotomy is the most common surgery and it involves making an incision in the scalp and creating a hole known as a bone flap in the skull. The hole and incision are made near the area of the brain being treated. During open brain surgery, your surgeon may opt to remove tumors.

Can brain tumor be cured?

Brain tumors may be cured if they are completely removed by surgery. The grade II tumor cells grow and spread more slowly than grade III and IV tumor cells. They may spread into nearby tissue and may recur (come back). Grade IV tumors usually cannot be cured.


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