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Home Care after Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Follow Up Visit

Your follow-up visit is on ____________________________________

What to Expect for the Next Few Days

  • The day of the procedure and the day afterward, drink extra fluids to flush the IV contrast from your system. We recommend drinking 1 to 2 quarts extra.

  • You may have some puffiness around the eyes, starting about day 2 or 3 after treatment. This is normal and should go away by itself.

  • Starting the day after radiation you can place cold cloths on your eyes to help reduce the swelling. Put the cloths on for about 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day. Continue using the cold cloths for about 4 days. 

  • You may have some pain, tenderness, or numbness around the pin sites for a few days to a few weeks.  This is normal and should go away by itself.

  • You may feel a little tired for a day or two. You can be as active as you want.

  • You can resume your normal diet

  • You should not wash your hair for at least  2-3 days after the treatment or until the pin sites have healed 

Pin Site Care

  • Check your pin sites twice a day for the next 3 days. Watch for any signs of infection. Watch for increased swelling, redness, drainage, or a fever above 100° F.

  • Gently wash the pin site area twice a day. Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the site. The pin sites may drain or even bleed a little tonight.

  • If you are taking antiplatelet medicines, you may experience bleeding from a pin site. If this occurs, place clean gauze on the pin site and hold pressure. If you cannot get the bleeding to stop after 5-10 minutes of pressure, call the doctor on call, go to urgent care or seek medical attention right away.

When to Call the Doctor

  • Increasing or severe headaches that are not relieved by Tylenol®

  • Headaches that occur daily or several times a day, even if relieved by Tylenol®

  • Headaches with nausea and vomiting

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Any change in strength or sensation (numbness or tingling)

  • Being clumsy or problems with the movement of a hand or leg

  • Vision, hearing or speech changes or difficulties

  • Balance, dizziness or trouble walking

  • New onset of confusion

  • New or worsening seizures

Special Medication Instructions

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If you have any problems or notice any of the above symptoms, call the Radiotherapy Clinic at (608) 263-8500.  If the clinic is closed, your call will be transferred to the hospital paging operator.  Ask for the radiotherapy doctor on call.  Give your name and phone number with the area code.  The doctor will call you back.

If you live outside of the area, call toll-free 1-800-323-8942