Thank you for your question, and I am sorry to hear about your boyfriend. Swelling on the brain can be a very serious condition that can require prolonged treatment in a very closely monitored situation to make sure that the outcomes are as good as they possibly can be. Even in the best of circumstances, sometimes the swelling can cause long term changes and problems. Speaking with the medical team taking care of him will help you to get the answers that you need. As for the timing of surgery
, that is a very individualized question. Obviously, opening the skull is not a decision that is made lightly due to the many potential complications and long term difficulties that this can potentially cause. Your doctor
will thus want to make sure that there is a clear reason for doing surgery, and that the potential gain will outweigh the risks. For that reason, I am unable to suggest a potential timeline. By speaking with your boyfriend's doctors
, you should be able to get some ideas about what the goals of therapy are at this time, and what they are waiting for before they do surgery. Please speak with the doctors.