What is a Posterior Fossa Craniotomy?
Who Needs a Posterior Fossa Craniotomy?
The posterior fossa is usually the site of primary brain cancers. It is common to surgically remove tumors of the posterior fossa, even if they are not cancerous. There is a limited amount of space in the posterior fossa. So, if a tumor grows, it can press on delicate structures.
Next, the doctor will insert a wound drain. This is a narrow tube connected to a small plastic container. The drain helps the wound to heal and prevents the wound from swelling.
Some people experience nausea and vomiting following surgery. You may also experience problems with balance and coordination. Nurses and medical staff will closely monitor your symptoms and give you medication to control them. Your wound drain will be removed the next day.
In most cases, you will be hospitalized for approximately five days. Occasionally, this may be longer. A nurse will remove your clips seven to ten days after your operation.
It is normal to experience headaches, for which painkillers are provided. It is also normal to feel tired and anxious when you first get home. Resting during the day may help.
Patients may need physical therapy for 8 – 12 weeks or longer after the procedure.