Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain

When a malformation in one of the brain’s blood vessels occurs, it can cause very serious consequences for a person’s health. However, thanks to a medical advancement called CyberKnife Radiosurgery, vascular conditions like arteriovenous and cavernous malformations are treatable. With locations in New Jersey and New York, IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics serves the tri-state area and specializes in CyberKnife Radiosurgery so our patients with brain malformations can regain their quality of life.

Treating Arteriovenous and Cavernous Malformations

Sometimes, abnormalities in the blood vessels in the brain can form, or innocuous ones can become serious problems. When this happens, it is called a malformation, and it can cause serious issues, including pain and other unpleasant symptoms, negative health effects, and stress for you and your loved ones.

There are two main types to be aware of, both of which can be treated with CyberKnife Radiosurgery by IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics. They include:

Arteriovenous Malformations

An arteriovenous malformation occurs when there is an unusual tangle of vessels with abnormal connections between veins and arteries, bypassing the capillary system. The condition can be found in any part of the body, but it is most commonly known to affect the central nervous system. Symptoms include:

  • Coordination difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty understanding or formulating speech
  • Numbness, tingling, or sudden pain
  • Hemorrhage
  • Headaches

Cavernous Malformations

A cavernous malformation is one that can occur anywhere in the body, but it is usually only a serious health threat when it happens in or near the brain. It occurs when blood vessels become enlarged or have abnormal structural features. This can cause leakage into the brain, resulting in a number of symptoms, including:

  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Hearing and vision problems
  • Hemorrhage

How CyberKnife Radiosurgery Works

One of the most cutting-edge, non-invasive treatments available for arteriovenous and cavernous malformations is CyberKnife Radiosurgery. First, we will conduct an initial examination and determine whether or not you are eligible. If you are an ideal fit, you can expect to take the following steps:

Preparation

Leading up to the procedure, we’ll educate you on how CyberKnife Radiosurgery works and what you can expect. You’ll learn about the process, possible outcomes of the surgery, and any potential risks. You may also undergo additional imaging (i.e. X-rays or MRIs) as we plan for the procedure. Also, be sure to arrange transportation to and from your procedure.

Procedure

In the days leading up to the procedure, you may be instructed to fast or stop taking certain medications. During the procedure, you’ll simply lie down while the CyberKnife machine works. It delivers a very precise beam of radiation to the affected area where the malformation is located.

Recovery

Unlike other surgeries, recovery time is typically minimal for most of our patients. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure is completed. What’s more, CyberKnife Radiosurgery won’t leave any scarring or require extended periods of downtime afterward.

Seek CyberKnife Treatment for Malformations Today

While an untreated vascular malformation can cause serious problems, the condition is treatable thanks to the experts at IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics. We offer cutting-edge CyberKnife Radiosurgery treatment throughout New York and New Jersey. To set up an appointment, contact us today.

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