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Brain tumour removal

Surgery to remove a brain tumour

About

You should see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • severe, persistent headaches
  • seizures (fits)
  • persistent nausea, vomiting and drowsiness
  • mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
  • progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • vision or speech problems.

This doesn't mean you have a brain tumour, but your doctor may refer you to a brain and nervous system specialist for further assessment and tests, such as a CT or MRI scan.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    There are many different types of tumour and the following account is very general. Your surgeon will explain what you can expect in advance of any operation. 

    The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep. Your consultant will make an incision in the scalp, before cutting a window in the skull to gain access to the tumour. Generally these operations are performed using a microscope, sometimes using computer guidance and often specialist instruments to break up the tumour and remove it gradually, reducing damage to the surrounding brain. In some situations the surgeon may perform keyhole surgery (neuroendoscopy) using a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light on the end (an endoscope). The surgeon will use the endoscope to cut away and remove the tumour. Neuroendoscopy is done through a small opening rather than having to remove a larger piece of the skull. Your surgeon can tell you if this is suitable in your situation.
     
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your neurosurgeon will explain your brain tumour removal to you and answer any questions you might have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. You may also be asked to attend a nurse-led pre-assessment clinic. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    After your procedure you'll be transferred to our recovery ward, where you’ll be looked after by a specialist team. Your neurosurgeon will explain your recovery time to you and when you can expect to get back to your usual routine. If you have had surgery to the front or side of the head, your face and eyes may be swollen and bruised after the operation, but the swelling should start to go down within 72 hours.
Consultant with patient

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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