Published: Aug. 18, 2010
Updated: Aug. 19, 2010
Our doctors use microsurgical treatment to relieve the pressure caused by arteriovenous malformations (AVM) in the brain, head, neck, or spine.
With microsurgical treatment, your surgeon temporarily removes removes a flap of skin from the skull in order to perform surgery.
Often, patients undergo intraoperative angiographic evaluation to ensure adequacy of the AVM removal.
Angiography is an imaging technique that allows the doctors to see the inside of the blood vessels and check for blockages.
The surgeon is guided by a high-magnification operating microscope that helps him clearly see the AVM.
For a spinal AVM, our surgeons can surgically remove the AVM and reconstruct the spine in order to aid blood flow.
Our team of sophisticated neuroanesthesiologists will oversee the anesthesia, and neurophysiologists will be on hand to monitor your brain activity.