Brain Treatment Guide

Follow these Post-Op Instructions by ONE® Brain & Spine Center®

This treatment guide serves to assist patients with brain tumors and their families in determining what to expect before, during and after brain tumor treatment at ONE® Brain & Spine Center®

Before your First visit

Please bring all imaging, reports, medication and allergy list, list of any medical problems and past surgeries to your visit.

Care Team

ONE® Brain & Spine Center® works with a team of experts from the field neurosurgery. We are affiliated with the Hoag Hospital, a leading general and medical hospitals in Orange County, so you have access to a network of care providers: oncology, radiation oncology, nursing, social work, case management, chaplaincy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.

Pre-Surgical Work-Up

Our office will make all pre-operative appointments for you. Your brain surgeon or neurosurgeon will conduct comprehensive physical examination, review your medical history, perform a biopsy for accurate diagnosis. After a biopsy, you will stay for general care for one to two nights.
We will have pre-operative EKG, x-ray and bloodwork done and addtional imaging may be required shortly before surgery. Your neurosurgeon will help you decide which surgery is right for you.
You must bring a list of all medications you are currently taking with dosages and allergies. All medications that thin the blood, such as Coumadin, Advil or Ibuprofen, must be stopped before surgery. No food or liquid can be taken after midnight the night before surgery.

Day of Brain Surgery

Proceed to Hoag Hospital Newport Beach located at 1 Hoag Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92663. Bring a book to read. If you wish, have a family member or a friend accompany you to the hospital. Leave all your valuables at home.

During Brain Surgery

Depending on the type of brain surgery, surgical procedure can last from a couple of hours to most of the day. Family or friends can wait in the designated family waiting room, where they can wait for updates.

After Your Brain Surgery

After a craniotomy, you will spend the night in the ICU. No overnight visitors are allowed in the ICU. The next day, you will get out of bed, begin to eat food and be moved to the general care floor. Most of our brain surgery patients are in the hospital anywhere from three to five days

Pain Management

Before leaving the hospital, you be asked to start taking prescribed medications to help relieve pain. Pain medications will help subdue the pain, which may still linger after brain surgery.

Common Concerns

Post-brain surgical procedure, there are common concerns for patients, such as pain near the incision site, nausea, fatigue or lethargy and muscle tightness. These are common and will get better over time. Depending on the patient, the outcome or complications, your brain surgeon may request additional therapy or a follow-up treatment may be needed. Your neurosurgical team at ONE® Brain & Spine Center® will prepare a personalized plan for you after surgery.
For more information, please call ONE® Brain & Spine Center® at (949) 383-4190 or Contact Us ➲