A brain tumor is a lump in the brain or you can say an abnormal mass of tissue, which is caused when the brain cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled way. What causes the brain cells to divide differently and start growing rapidly forming a tumor is not yet understood, say health care professionals at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center.
Once the patient is diagnosed, the neurosurgeons at RGCIRC may encourage to have Brain Tumor Surgery in Delhi as soon as possible. They say there are certainly positives of an expedient surgery, negatives to delaying surgery, as well as advantages of delaying surgery to explore additional options.
However, before the surgery, there are certain things that you should consider.
#1 Ask questions:
The health professionals say as brain tumor patients, you should ask certain questions that can help you make an informed decision. The questions may include:
- How aggressive is my tumor growth?
- What areas of my brain are at risk if my tumor grows?
- What parts of my brain are currently affected by the tumor?
- What clinical trials will no longer be available to me once craniotomy (surgical removal of a part of the bone from the skull) is performed?
- What possible arrears could I experience based on my tumor’s location?
#2 Start living an active lifestyle:
In the time leading up to the brain tumor surgery, it is advisable to-
- Get adequate rest
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get nutritious diet
- Stop drinking and smoking for the time being
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medications like celaxane, rivaroxaban, Xarelto, Pradaxa, and warfarin. Brain surgery cannot be performed on individuals who are taking these medications. These medications are prescribed to people with heart conditions or those having problems with blood clots
#3 Get your home ready for your return:
Your life, for a couple of months post brain surgery, is going to be different and difficult. Thus, it is essential that you get your home ready in advance so that you will face no complications, say healthcare professionals at RGCIRC. It may include the following:
- Do you need in-home care or rehabilitative therapy? What care might you need post surgery?
- Mobility adjustments
- Where are you going to sleep?
- Will you need to arrange for childcare?
- Will it be easy for you to get to the kitchen and bathroom?
Make preparations based on these, it will be easier for you to deal with the complexities you face after your brain surgery.
#4 Tests to check if you are fit for the brain surgery:
You might need to undertake many tests before undergoing brain surgery. These tests include:
- ECG to check that your heart is healthy
- Blood tests to check your general health
- Lung function tests (Breathing tests)
- Chest x-ray
- An echocardiogram
Depending on the type of your brain tumor, the neurosurgeon at RGCIRC may also prescribe you further tests.
#5 Health Insurance Considerations:
Contact your health insurance service provider to
- Confirm the coverage
- Ask if you have any in-home care benefits in your coverage
- Ask who will arrange post-surgical care
- Is there an estimation cost?
#6 Legal Preparation Considerations:
You need to check on your
- Healthcare proxy
- Power of attorney
- Living Will
#7 Pre-operative Procedures:
Once the tumor is diagnosed, surgery will be advised. The doctor will provide a detailed outline of the procedure and complications associated with it. You will have to listen carefully and sign the consent form.
#8 Pre-op Medications:
Your doctor will put you under pre-operative medication before the surgery. You will have to take them as prescribed to avoid any complications.
#9 Take it Easy:
Take some time off to relax because stressing about the surgery will not make it easier.
#10 Have some fun:
Hopefully, this is the first and the last time you will go through this, so consider it an experience that others won’t have.