A brain surgery procedure, microvascular decompression is performed to relieve pressure that is on the cranial nerves.
Also Known As:
- Microvascular decompression of the cranial nerves
- 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.
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.