About this Surgery
Used to treat: Arteriovenous Malformation
A cerebral arteriovenous malformation is often difficult to treat and may require many different specialists. The goal in treating a cerebral AVM is to cut off the blood supply to the AVM. AVM resection is an open surgical procedure whereby the surgeon creates an opening in the skull to allow for full visualization of the AVM. Once the skull is opened, the surgeon identifies the margins of the AVM and then clips the arterial vessels that feed it. The surgeon will remove or destroy the veins that drain the AVM and also the nidus (the direct connection of the arteries and veins). Endovascular embolization or radiosurgery may also be used in certain cases.
Please keep in mind that all treatments and outcomes are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results and other important medical information.