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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:
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.
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.
Call 911 to take you to the nearest emergency department if you:
Call your surgeon's office if you notice the following symptoms:
To make or change appointments, call your surgeon's office.