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How long does brain surgery last?

My friend is 45 years old. He will have brain surgery very soon. How long does brain surgery last?

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About 4-12 hours.
It depends on how large the lesion is and where it is in the brain. Usually 4 hours and 2 to 3 in the recovery room.
I can imagine going through brain surgery is a very stressful thing both for patient and their loved ones. I assume you are asking "how long does the operation take?" It would be difficult to tell you how long a surgery would take without knowing the source and location of the problem. In this situation I am sure the neurosurgeon who will be performing the procedure will be explaining the length of time of the surgery.
Some brain tumor resections are performed with patient awake and responsive to questions. This is to assure maximum resection of the tumor without effecting surrounding functional brain tissue. The patient may be asked to move extremities or report numbness if the surgeon is approaching normal brain tissue. This way he or she can remove as much of the tumor as possible.
Occasionally a patient may not tolerate this or may need to be put on general anesthesia in the middle of the procedure. In those situations the surgeon has be very cautious and may only be able to do a sub-total resection of the mass.
The answer to your question is that the duration of the surgery is very much multi-factorial and unpredictable.
If all goes well, the brain surgery should last for the rest of the patient's life.

There may be other contributing factors that could reduce the length of time brain surgery lasts. If the patient leads an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle, for example, as a habitual smoker or drinker, the patient's life expectancy would naturally be reduced by many years. His brain surgery, as a result, would not last very long either.

Contrarily, the younger the patient is, the longer their brain surgery should last. Infant patients who have undergone brain surgery have the potential to live for decades. The longest surviving patient to have undergone brain surgery as an infant is now 102 years old. As the patient is now experiencing dementia, we can say with confidence that his brain surgery lasted almost as long, roughly 101 years.
The answer is that it completely varies based on what it is for. Sometimes brain surgeries can take many hours.
Good luck to your friend.

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The time spent on brain surgery depends on the type of tumor and the type of surgery. It could last anywhere from 1 hr for burr holing to 18hrs for large tumors.
Surgery can be from 2 hours and up to 18 hours depending on the type of brain surgery and if there are any complications associated with it. The brain is a very critical part of the Central Nervous System so depending if there is a mass compressing it, or a vascular clip that needs to be placed, the time can vary tremendously.