If you have recently experienced a series of mini-strokes or seizures, you could be suffering from a rare progressive condition known as Moyamoya disease. The condition’s “rare” status can be extremely frightening and can cause stress and depression as you wonder if treatment exists. Extra-cranial to Intracranial (EC-IC) Bypass surgery could be the treatment you need to rid yourself of the troubles caused by this condition, but you have to act fast to prevent its negative effects.
Moyamoya Disease is a cerebrovascular condition that blocks and constricts the arteries at the base of the brain. To compensate for the loss of blood flow due to constriction, the brain will create a cluster of tiny blood vessels that will provide an alternate blood course into the affected parts of the brain. The causes of Moyamoya disease are still a mystery but researchers believe it develops due to an inherited genetic defect.
Immediate medical action to treat Moyamoya disease is a must to prevent effects such as strokes, mental decline and death. It’s extremely important to identify the condition’s symptoms promptly. These symptoms include:
- Stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic)
- Trouble speaking
- Involuntary movement
- Affected vision, hearing and temperature sensitivity
- Muscle weakness on one side of the body
How Does the Treatment Work?
The day-long EC-IC Bypass microsurgical procedure is performed to provide the brain with better blood flow. This is done by connecting a branch of the external carotid artery to a branch of the internal carotid artery directly or through a vein graft. If a vein graft is necessary, your neurosurgeon will acquire one from your leg.
Is it for Everyone?
Once you have been admitted for treatment, a team of neurosurgeons will evaluate your condition with extensive testing. EC-IC Bypass surgery is usually reserved for a small group of patients, but if your condition can’t be treated with other procedures or medicines, then EC-IC Bypass surgery will be performed.
It’s important to understand that risks exist with any type of neurosurgery. Upon reaching eligibility for this procedure, your neurosurgeon will discuss the outcomes and risks that exist with the EC-IC procedure.
You Are Not Alone
Our team of specialists is here for you. The neurosurgeons of IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics will ensure that you receive the best treatment to help you fight the effects of Moyamoya disease right here in New Jersey. Contact us to schedule your appointment.