Baltimore County executive starts recuperation from brain surgery

June 01, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden has begun a two- to four-week recuperation at a relative's home from brain surgery he underwent May 24 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-2nd, visited him Sunday, his last full day at Hopkins, and said yesterday that he seemed to be recovering nicely from what a long, perhaps 10-hour operation.

"The swelling had still not gone down," she said, but Mr. Hayden was alert and walking around, and reported some small improvement in his right-side vision loss.

County Communications Director Robert W. Hughes said MrHayden was released from the hospital Monday and will recuperate at a relative's home in eastern Baltimore County. His doctor has ordered no work-related activities for two weeks.

Mr. Hughes also said Mr. Hayden's right-side vision has improved, though there is still a loss of right side "peripheral" vision. He said Mr. Hayden also has had headaches, a result of the surgery, and he tires easily.

During the operation, doctors removed a mass of engorged blood vessels from the rear of Mr. Hayden's head. One of those vessels broke May 8, causing a severe headache and the loss of right-side vision from both eyes. The executive spent a week in the hospital and returned May 23 for an operation the following day.

The congenital problem, diagnosed 20 years ago, is called a vascular malformation -- a tangle of delicate blood vessels in the left rear of the brain. These vessels lack the normal capillaries which connect arteries and veins, resulting in higher blood flow and increased pressure that often causes severe headaches.

Mr. Hayden, 49, said he was warned years ago to avoid heavy lifting or strain that could put extra pressure on the vessels. The headaches he got occasionally were the only symptoms until the May 8 attack, he said before the operation.

Mr. Hughes said Mr. Hayden will be able to resume working by telephone in two weeks and will begin easing back into his regular schedule in four weeks.

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