After surgery, we will give your child medicine to help with pain and relax their muscles so they are comfortable while they heal. Often children do not remember much about this healing time. Most children stay in the hospital 1 to 3 days after surgery.
If your child has a pericranial patch in the back of their head that is in contact with CSF, they might have swelling (inflammation) called aseptic meningitis. This reaction is not an infection. If needed, we will give your child corticosteroids to reduce the swelling.
Follow-up care is important after surgery to watch for any symptoms that come back or get worse.
In most children, symptoms of a Chiari malformation start to improve during the first month after surgery. Some children continue to have symptoms.
For at least a few months while they heal, it is important for your child not to strain their neck. Your care team will let you know which activities your child should avoid, like heavy lifting and contact sports.