​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Back at ​Home​

How do I take ​care of myself when I go home? ​

The neurosurgeon or radiation oncologist will remove your head frame. The pin sites on your forehead will be covered with small bandages. Do not get the pin areas wet for the next 24 hours. You may have some bleeding or discharge of fluid in the areas where the pins were placed. You may get a headache or minor swelling where the frame was attached.

You may feel numb or tingling on part of your head. You may notice this for the first few days after your procedure. It will get better in about 1 month.

You may have other side effects for about 1 week. You may:​

  • Feel tired​
  • Have headaches
  • Lose some hair (very rare)
  • Have nausea or vomiting
  • ​Have some swelling or bruises over your eyes from the local anesthetic.

What do I need to do when I go home?

The nurse will give you a detailed list to follow when you get home. You can go back to your normal activities when you get home. Listen to your body. Rest if you need to. Start activities when you are ready.

What are the possible side effects?

Fatigue: Tiredness is a common side effect of radiation therapy. The day of your treatment will be a long day. It can be very tiring.​

What you can do: Pace your activities and rest as needed. A well balanced diet and plenty of fluids may help.

Headaches: Many patients get headaches from wearing the frame.

What you can do: You may take Tylenol, Advil or a prescription pain medicine from your doctor if needed.

Swelling: You may notice swelling around your eyes. The local anesthetic can cause this.

What you can do: You can apply a cool compress to your eyes. This will ease the swelling.

Bleeding or discharge of fluid from pin sites: There may be some blood or fluid leaking from the pin sites for 2 or 3 days after treatment.

What you can do: This is not a sign of anything serious. For bleeding apply pressure with gauze for 5 minutes. The bleeding should stop. You may find spots of blood on the pillow for about 1 week. A little blood on the dressing or Band-Aids is normal. If the pin sites are leaking, clean the area with rubbing alcohol and cover with Band-Aids.

Nausea and Vomiting: You may feel nausea (wanting to throw up) and may vomit (throw up). But this does not happen to many people.

What you can do: Tell you doctor if you have an upset stomach. They can prescribe medicine to relieve the nausea and vomiting.

Hair Loss: Some patients experience hair loss in a small area of the scalp. But this does not happen to many people.

What you can do: You hair will grow back within a few months.

What problems should I watch for?
  • Side effects that are severe
  • Side effects that continue for more than 1 week
  • Any signs of infection such as:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • ​Yellow pus and/or pin sites that are getting more red and tender

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Who do I call if I experience complications? 

Call 911 to take you to the nearest emergency department if you:​​

  • Have chest pain, tightness, or shortness of breath
  • Have "the worst headache of your life" that does not go away by taking pain medication

Call your surgeon's office  if you notice the following symptoms:​​​

  • Your incision is red, warm to the touch or has discharge or a bad smelling odour
  • You have a fever (a temperature of 38°Celsius or higher for 2 days)
  • You have pain that is not relieved by your pain medication
  • You have a sharp pain or tenderness in the back of your calf or numbness and tingling to your foot

Who do I call with general post-operative questions?
  • ​Your surgeon's office is the first place to call with general post-operative ​questions.


To make or change appointments, call your surgeon's office.

  • Dr. Mark Bernstein
    Phone: 416 603 6499
  • Dr. Fred Gentili
    Phone: 416 603 5800 ext. 5250
  • Dr. Mojgan Hodaie
    Phone: 416 603 6441
  • Dr. Suneil K. Kalia
    Phone: 416 603 5866
  • Dr. Paul Kongkham
    Phone: 416 603 5428
  • Dr. Andres Lozano
    Phone: 416 603 6200
  • Dr. Ivan Radovanovic
    Phone: 416 603-5800 ext. 620
  • Dr. Michael Tymianski
    Phone: 416 603 5896
  • ​Dr. Gelareh Zadeh
    Phone: 416 603 5679