Only highly specialised surgeons perform brain surgery. It is done in specialist centres or hospitals. They use new technology that makes operations safer and easier to carry out.
Any operation to the brain is major surgery. So it’s understandable to feel worried and frightened about having it done. You may have questions about the risks of surgery and whether it will change how your brain works in some way. You may wonder how you will feel after the operation. Or, you may worry about how you will look and whether you will have scars. Your surgeon and specialist nurse will talk to you about the operation and the possible risks and benefits. If there is a risk of damage to the brain during surgery, they will explain how this may affect you.
The surgeon may need to shave some of your hair during the operation. Some people find the thought of waking up with part of their head shaved very upsetting. If you are worried about this, your nurse or surgeon can explain what to expect before the operation.
Your specialist nurse can give you and your family support. Make sure you have as much information as you need, talk about any concerns and ask any questions you have. The more you know what to expect, the easier it may be to cope and the less frightening it may seem.