CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian Journal of Neurosurgery 2019; 08(03): 179-184
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1698001
Review Article
Neurological Surgeons' Society of India

Management of Postoperative Neurosurgical Patients

Rajeev Chauhan
1   Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Summit Dev Bloria
1   Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Ankur Luthra
1   Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Punjab, India
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Publication History

Received: 04 May 2019

Accepted after revision:08 July 2019

Publication Date:
24 September 2019 (online)


The patient profile undergoing neurosurgery varies from neonates to elderly, and from patients undergoing elective surgery to patients undergoing emergency surgeries. The goals of postoperative management include prevention of secondary brain injury and taking care of the major organ systems till the time patient recovers from the primary insult. Postsurgery, patients may be shifted to a neurosurgical intensive care unit or managed in a neurosurgical ward. As a general rule, all patients should be nursed 30-degree head up. We will be discussing the basic principles of postoperative management of neurosurgical patients.

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