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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Our staff is eager to answer your questions and provide information in a timely manner. You and your family are encouraged to communicate your questions, comments and concerns to us at any time during your care experience. Some of the most frequently asked questions from patients are listed here. For more information, please call us at (903) 525-7995 or email us at neuroinfo@tmfhs.org.

SPINE

1) How long can I expect my surgery to take? The length of surgery varies depending on the type of surgery performed. It can average from one hour to three hours.

2) How long will I have to stay in the hospital? Some procedures may be done on an outpatient basis and others may require a stay of approximately three days.

3) How long until I can return to work? Most back surgery patients can return to work within one month but this varies from person to person.

4) What restrictions will I have? No strenuous activities or contact sports for four to six weeks. You will have lifting, pulling, and bending restrictions until you are instructed otherwise, which is typically after four to six weeks.

5) How do I take care of my incision? Your incision will either be closed with sutures, staples, or glue. When you can shower will depend on the mechanism used for closure. As with any wound, watch for signs of infection after surgery such as redness, drainage, swelling or temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

BRAIN

1) How long do I expect my surgery to take? The length of surgery depends on the complexity of the procedure. It can average from thirty minutes to twelve hours.

2) How long will I have to stay in the hospital? The average stay in the hospital for brain surgery varies between two days to over a week.

3) How long until I can return to work? Most patients who have brain surgery may return to work in one month. This will vary depending on the type and severity of the procedure performed.

4) What restrictions will I have? The patient may not drive until released by the surgeon, approximately six weeks after surgery. No strenuous activities or contact sports for four to six weeks.

5) Will my head be shaved? Only a minimal amount of hair will be removed from the area around the incision site for the surgery.

 

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