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Home Care after Stereotactic Radiosurgery (5486)

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Home Care after Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Follow Up Visit
Your follow-up visit is on

What to Expect for the Next Few Days
ξ The day of the procedure and the day
afterward, drink extra fluids to flush
the IV contrast from your system.
We recommend drinking 1 to 2
quarts extra.
ξ You may have some puffiness
around the eyes, starting about day 2
or 3 after treatment. This is normal
and should go away by itself.
ξ Starting the day after radiation you
can place cold cloths on your eyes to
help reduce the swelling. Put the
cloths on for about 20 minutes at a
time, 3-4 times a day. Continue using
the cold cloths for about 4 days.
ξ You may have some pain,
tenderness, or numbness around the
pin sites for a few days to a few
weeks. This is normal and should go
away by itself.
ξ You may feel a little tired for a day
or two. You can be as active as you
ξ You can resume your normal diet
ξ You should not wash your hair for at
least 2-3 days after the treatment or
until the pin sites have healed

Pin Site Care
ξ Check your pin sites twice a day for
the next 3 days. Watch for any signs
of infection. Watch for increased
swelling, redness, drainage, or a
fever above 100 θ F.
ξ Gently wash the pin site area twice a
day. Apply a small amount of
antibiotic ointment to the site. The
pin sites may drain or even bleed a
little tonight.
ξ If you are taking antiplatelet
medicines, you may experience
bleeding from a pin site. If this
occurs, place clean gauze on the pin
site and hold pressure. If you cannot
get the bleeding to stop after 5-10
minutes of pressure, call the doctor
on call, go to urgent care or seek
medical attention right away.

When to Call the Doctor
ξ Increasing or severe headaches that
are not relieved by Tylenol®
ξ Headaches that occur daily or several
times a day, even if relieved by
ξ Headaches with nausea and vomiting
ξ Nausea or vomiting
ξ Any change in strength or sensation
(numbness or tingling)
ξ Being clumsy or problems with the
movement of a hand or leg
ξ Vision, hearing or speech changes or
ξ Balance, dizziness or trouble
ξ New onset of confusion
ξ New or worsening seizures

Special Medication Instructions



If you have any problems or notice any of the above symptoms, call the Radiotherapy Clinic at
(608) 263-8500. If the clinic is closed, your call will be transferred to the hospital paging
operator. Ask for the radiotherapy doctor on call. Give your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.

If you live outside of the area, call toll-free 1-800-323-8942.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 11/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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