Questions for your Neurosurgeon
Please see the list below of possible questions you may wish to ask Xenia when you are at your appointment:
- For a tumour – What is the name of my tumor? How large is my tumor? Is the tumor growing?These can have complicated names and it may help to ask for it written down.
- Is there any connection between the abnormality on my scans and my symptoms? Why or why not?
- Where exactly is the abnormality located and what symptoms could I have in the future?
- What cranial/spinal nerves and parts of the brain/spine are affected?
- Is surgery the only option? Or can I wait and watch it for a while?
- What if I decide to wait and watch? What is the risk and problems with waiting?
- What are the benefits of having surgery? What symptoms will go away? What will not go away?
- What are the risks or complications?
- What nerves/structures could be traumatized/damaged during surgery?
- How long would I be in surgery?
- Where will my incision be?
- Do you expect to be able to remove the entire tumor, most of it or simply debulk?
- How long will I be in the Hospital?
- How long will I need help at home? When can I drive?
- When could I expect to return to work?
- What symptoms will I have after surgery? How long will they last?
- What symptoms necessitate a call to your office or a trip to the ED?
- Who will handle my post op symptoms when I return home – will you advise my GP?
- Will I need any medications afterward? Steroids? Pain medication?
- Are there any limitations (i.e. stairs, bending over, straining, heavy exercise, sexual activity)?
- When do you see me for follow up? When are stitches removed?
- How do I keep my incision clean?
- When can I get the wound wet (shower/bath/swimming)?