The following may be helpful in your recovery. Please use them only as guidelines. You should ask your doctor specific questions regarding your follow-up care.
Head Injury Discharge Instructions
You have been diagnosed with a head injury. The symptoms associated with a head injury may vary. This may impact your ability to partake in normal daily activities. It is important you get plenty of rest and do not engage in physically demanding activities until your doctor clears you to do so. The following instructions are guidelines for convalescence.
You should not be left alone. Have a relative or friend stay with you until they feel as though you're back to normal.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
Avoid strenuous activities. No heavy lifting, bending, or straining.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until your doctor clears you to do so.
Initially you may experience mild headaches, mild depression, difficulty concentrating, or dizziness. You may also experience nausea. These symptoms can last days to weeks.
Call your doctor immediately or return to the emergency department if you experiencing any of the following:
- Persistent nausea or vomiting.
Increased confusion, drowsiness or changed in your level consciousness.
- Increased dizziness trouble walking or staggering.
Seizures or convulsions, or weakness in an arm or leg.
Clear or blood tinged drainage from your ears or nose.
Double vision or difficulty with your eyesight.
You should follow up with a head injury program at Hartford Hospital
in 3 to 4 weeks. Call 860-545-2842 for a follow up appointment. In the
interim, if you have questions or concerns you can call your doctor.
Postoperative Instructions After Brain Surgery
The following are a list of instructions for your convalescence following your brain surgery. These general instructions are meant to be used only as guidelines. They may be modified for an individual patient.
- Keep your incision dry to your staples removed. You may shower.
- Call the office to schedule an appointment for staple removal to be done 10 to 14 days after surgery.
- If there's any redness or drainage from your incision, or if you have fever greater than 101.5, call the office immediately or go to the emergency room.
- If you have a worsening headache, drowsiness, or new weakness on one side of your body, or if your family notices a dramatic change your behavior call the office immediately or go to the emergency room.
- If you're taking medication to prevent seizures, be sure not to miss any doses, and do not let your prescription run out.
- If you're having a headache and need more pain medication please be sure to call our office during regular business hours - Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Prescription refills need at least 48 hours.
- Sleep only in a bed elevating your head by at least one pillow.
- No bending, stooping, pushing, lifting or straining. Do not push backwards with your head and neck to adjust your position in bed.
- Begin walking in the house in progress to outdoors. Take someone with you for the first few times until you feel quite confident with your abilities. Slowly increase the distance each day.
- Ride only in the car when absolutely necessary specifically from the hospital and to return for your follow-up appointment.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages post-operatively. Make certain you understand the medication instructions that you're giving and follow instructions faithfully.
- Constipation is common especially taking her chronic pain medication. You should drink plenty of liquids and eat a diet high in fiber. You may take a stool softener for a short time while on the pain medication. Avoid laxatives.