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Surgery is a possible treatment for brain and spinal cord tumours. You might have surgery to remove all or part of your tumour, or to drain a build up of fluid (hydrocephalus) on your brain. 

Surgery to remove your brain tumour

Find out why you might have surgery and the different types of surgery.

Surgery to remove fluid

You might have surgery to drain a build up of fluid on your brain (hydrocephalus).

Preparing for brain surgery

Find out about what happens before surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Read about what will happen in the first few hours and days after your operation and how you’ll feel.

Recovering from brain surgery

It can take some time to recover from your surgery. Find out about long term problems and what help and support is available.

Last reviewed: 
10 Apr 2019

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