Neurosurgery Transition to Home:
What to Watch For
When going home after a ______________________________, there are signs and symptoms you
should watch for and report to your doctor.
Signs and Symptoms
ξ Worsening or severe headache or pain not
relieved by medications
ξ More tired than usual
ξ Nausea or vomiting that doesn’t go away
ξ Problems with walking or balance
ξ Face, arm or leg weakness
ξ Personality or behavior changes
ξ New numbness or tingling
ξ Confused or irritable
ξ Clear fluid running from nose or ears
ξ Vision changes
ξ New seizure
ξ Problems speaking
ξ Neck stiffness
ξ More sensitive to light
Follow physician’s instructions for incision care. Do not soak or submerge it in water. In general,
gently wash with mild soap and water, rinse well and pat it dry. Do not rub incision. You should
also watch daily for signs and symptoms of infection.
ξ Marked increase in pain
ξ Fever greater than 100 θ F (oral)
Please call the Neurosurgery Clinic with any questions or concerns at (608) 263-7502. The
Neurosurgery Clinic is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. After hours, your call will be
transferred to the paging operator.
For emergency, please call 911.
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 © 7/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. All
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