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Hrithik Roshan talks about life after head surgery

bang-bang Hrithik RoshanHrithik Roshan recently revealed what life's like after a head surgery. The actor who returned to the set of Bang Bang after undergoing surgery had been warned by the docs to avoid getting exposed to any kind of jarring noise. The actor told MumbaiMirror, 'I could not tolerate loud sounds at that point. And it was amazing how this fantastic crew went about putting together such big action set-ups without making any noise.'

The unit were so very kind and made sure that no one raised their voices when Hrithik was around and even the volumes of their walkie talkies were turned down. Hrithik adds, 'It's funny, I have done the entire shoot with ear-plugs on. If an actor standing behind me had a dialogue and I had to react to it, I would have someone wave a flag in front to get the timing right. I am grateful to the crew for their resilience.'

A source further told Mumbai Mirror, 'He did not cancel a single day's shoot or create any kind of fuss on the sets. He had just undergone a major health scare yet he was perfectly normal on the sets. His energy never flagged and he never demanded any extra attention from anyone. It was all work for Hrithik.'

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What was Hrithik suffering from?

A chronic subdural haematoma is a collection of blood and the products of its breakdown between the surface of the brain and its outermost covering called the dura. In this condition, the blood slowly leaks out of the veins surrounding the brain to form a clot. The condition is termed 'chronic' because it manifests several weeks after it first starts to bleed.

Usually this type of bleeding occurs when a person suffers a mild head injury or when a haemorrhage has been left to heal itself. It is also seen in elderly people, due to the shrinking of the brain. In most cases a person might not even know that he/she is suffering from the condition, but might experience mild symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and drowsiness. In severe cases he/she might suffer from severe symptoms like vomiting, confusion, coma and difficulty in speaking or swallowing.

In order to diagnose the condition a doctor will first ask about the patient's medical history and any other symptom they might be suffering from. He/she will then proceed to check the patient's nervous responses by checking their coordination, balance etc. In most cases the signs and symptoms of a haematoma are extremely subtle, therefore a doctor will advice the patient to get a head CT scan or a head MRI to get a more precise diagnosis.

Once diagnosed, the doctor will decide the type of surgery that needs to be performed to stop the bleeding. There are generally three main types:

  1. Burr hole trephination: Where a surgeon will drill holes into the skull of the patient over the area of the subdural haematoma, and the clot is then suctioned out through these holes.
  2. Craniotomy: Here the surgeon removes a small piece of the skull to access the haematoma. This also helps to relieve the swelling in the brain. He/she will then replace the piece of bone after removing the clot.
  3. Craniectomy: This procedure is done to mainly relieve the pressure on the brain due to swelling caused because of the bleed. Here, a section of the person's skull is removed for an extended period of time, to allow the brain to expand without causing any permanent damage. Although this procedure is not used commonly in the case of a subdural haematoma, it may be used in severe cases.

After surgery a patient usually is required to stay in the hospital for about one week and is monitored closely for any signs of further brain injuries. Depending on the severity of the surgery, the surgeon may prescribe medication to relieve pain and antibiotics.

With inputs by Pavitra Sampath

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