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Microvascular Decompression

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Microvascular Decompression

What is Microvascular Decompression?

A brain surgery procedure, microvascular decompression is performed to relieve pressure that is on the cranial nerves.

Also Known As:

  • MVD
  • Microvascular decompression of the cranial nerves
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Retrosigmoid craniotomy

Conditions Treated with Microvascular Decompression:

Microvascular decompression is utilized to treat conditions such as microvascular compression, tinnitus, extreme vertigo, trigeminal neuralgia and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. 

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Microvascular Decompression:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to microvascular decompression.

Anesthesia with Microvascular Decompression:

Microvascular decompression is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Microvascular Decompression:

Possible risks following microvascular decompression include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for patients to experience brain swelling, brain damage, nerve damage, intracranial bleeding, seizures, cerebral vasospasm and coma.

Prognosis after Microvascular Decompression:

The prognosis for a positive end result following microvascular decompression is good. Most patients experience relief from pain.

Recovery from Microvascular Decompression:

Recovery from microvascular decompression can take up to one month.

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