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What does “gamma-knife” mean? Is it available in Debrecen?

Gamma-knife is the simple, civil name of stereotactic radio-surgery. It is a type of irradiation therapy that has been developed especially for brain tumors. Unfortunately it is not suitable for every brain tumor – but in the case when this mode of therapy can be recommended, patients will be routinely informed by the consultancy.Of course “gamma-knife” therapy can be performed on our Clinic, so the possibility of using this method is considered automatically by each patient.

How can I get neurosurgical special advice?

There are local neurosurgical consultancy possibilities at the closest medical institute determined by your place of residence.

It is also possible to take advantage of a private neurosurgical consultancy

In addition, specialist opinion or advice – with limited responsibility – may also be obtained by email regardless of the place of residence of the patient. (See LINK )

Where can I turn to with my problems (eg. headache, backache, etc.)?

In the case of any kind of problems, the first step is to turn to a local doctor (general practitioner). The doctor will decide the type of necessary medical examinations based on the symptoms and give the patient the required referrals for the examinations. Fortunately, in most cases, symptoms relating to the nervous system or spine do not mean operable diseases, so the examinations are usually carried out as a first step at neurology or rheumatology.  In the case of most patients, it turns out that their disease does not need operation but only a medical treatment or some other special examination. Patients who might need neurosurgical treatment are sent to specialists, and some of them might end up having surgery. Naturally, in case of serious symptoms, patients are sent to neurosurgery, and after close examination it may be determined that they are in need of neurosurgical treatment.

Can I continue active sports after spine surgery?

It depends on many factors regarding your spine disease and the type of operation, so it can not be promised for every patient. But in case of a simple disc hernia operation patients have good chance for cultivating their favourite sports again.

Is it worse to have a ruptured disc hernia than a general disc herniation?

Not necessarily. When the hernia is ruptured, it means that the disc is not only pressed out of its original place, but its wall is torn, and the contents of the disc slip out from their place into the spinal canal among the nerves. Though the split of the hernia means in general that operation cannot be avoided, the chances for improvement are similar to those in which the disc is without a split.

Will a scar from the operation be visible on my head?

Usually not. It is usually possible for us to make the incision under the hair. This requires only shaving this part of the head, so after the operation the hair grows out again and hides the scar. In rare cases, we discuss the possible cosmetic consequences of the operation with the patient. 

Am I going to wake up after the operation?

Yes. Most patients who possess a clear sense of mind wake up after the operation with their minds as lucid as before. We draw the attention to the possibility of less than positive results in the case of patients who are already in danger of any deterioration of their lucidity before the operation. But in these cases it is not about the complication of the anesthesia, but more the danger of the brain surgery. In other words, everything depends on the seriousness of the disease.

Am I going to be able to move my long-paralyzed leg after a disc hernia operation?

Unfortunately, no one can promise you that. You can count on some improvement, but the extent of this remains uncertain.

Am I going to suffer from paralysis after a disc hernia operation?

No. It is an extremely rare complication that after a disc hernia operation the leg of the patient moves more weakly than before. Do not let the unfounded fear of this complication prevent you from experiencing the benefit of such a treatment.

What does it mean to have a combined treatment of a tumor?

Combined treatment means that the operation needs to be supplemented with other therapies in order to prevent recurrence of the removed tumor. In these cases, irradiation therapy along with the application of medicine, so-called “chemotherapy”, is needed. In numerous cases, by applying all three kinds of therapies, expected survival time can be significantly extended.

If I have brain surgery, does it mean I will have a short life expectancy afterwards?

Surviving a brain tumor depends on the tissue type (histology) of the tumor. A benign tumor might be cured almost perfectly, in which case life expectancy is not shortened due to brain surgery. In the case of malignant tumors, the situation is different. In those cases, everything depends on the type of the tissue, but with combined treatment, a good quality of life can be sustained for a significant length of time. At the Department of Neurosurgery, Debrecen, we make every possible effort to reach this goal, and we have managed so far to attain quite impressive results.

After brain tumor surgery, am I going to suffer from paralysis?

Not necessarily. The risk of paralysis depends on the location and the size of the brain tumor. Patients who have problems moving their limbs on one side or who cannot move them at all before treatment have generally been able to use them – albeit more weakly – after the operation. However, patients who did not have any problems moving their limbs before the operation usually have no problem doing so afterwards. If there is any possibility for paralysis, patients are routinely informed before the operation.

After brain surgery, am I still going to be able to function normally?

Yes. After brain surgery the thinking of most patients does not change considerably. In the few cases when there is any risk of such damage, we definitely draw the attention of the patient to this possibility.  

What kinds of symptoms/health problems do not generally require neurosurgical operation?
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • lower back pain
  • vertebra-osteoporosis
  • vertebra-sclerosis
  • stroke

In the majority of the above-listed cases, the solution is not surgical treatment; however, in those cases in which operation is indicated, a diagnosis can easily be made with the aid of a thorough neurological examination.

How can I get to Debrecen for neurosurgical treatment?

It is quite simple. Please contact us per phone or e-mail. We are ready to treat patients from any country of the world.