Craniotomies are not particularly painful. You can expect to wake with a bandage on your head, much like a turban. This generally stays on for 48 hours and helps keep pressure on the scalp to minimise swelling.
The night after surgery is usually spent in intensive care. The nurse will wake you hourly or two-hourly to take your blood pressure, monitor pulse rate, and check your temperature.
The day after surgery involves a CT scan to ensure there is no blood or complication at the operation site before being transferred to a ward.
We encourage you to get out of bed and be mobile on the first and second day after surgery. Patients usually go home after four to five days.