procedure is performed by a highly skilled team of Brain
Surgeons, Anaesthetists and Nurses in the operating room.
Before the surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital.
Routine blood and urine tests and perhaps a chest x-ray and an
ECG will have been done as an outpatient to make sure that you
are fit for surgery. After midnight, no food or drink is
allowed. In some cases, your surgeon might recommend a
pre-operative embolization to be performed on the day prior to
your scheduled surgery.
The Day of the Procedure
You will be taken to the operating room 30 minutes before the
operation. After the Anaesthetists put you to sleep, the
procedure begins. An area of your head may be shaved. The
surgeons will then perform a procedure that is called a
craniotomy, which means an opening in the skull. The AVM is then
carefully cut out from the surrounding brain. The surgery may
take several hours. How long depends on the difficulty
encountered by the surgeons. At the end of the surgery, a head
dressing will be applied to your head and you will be taken to
the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit where you will be observed
Recuperation in Hospital
You will be moved back to your room in 1-2 days. If all goes
well, you will be discharged home within a week after surgery. A
repeat angiogram will be performed to ensure the AVM has been
Convalescence at Home
A period of rest will be required at home. Sometime a course of
physiotherapy is required.