An arteriovenous malformation repair is surgery to remove a tangled bunch of blood vessels, called an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The doctor removed the AVM through a cut (incision) in your scalp and the bone surrounding your brain (the skull).
The incision in your scalp may be sore for about a week after surgery. You may also have numbness near the incision, or swelling and bruising around your eyes. The incision may itch as it starts to heal. Medicine and ice packs can help with headaches, pain, swelling, and itching. You may feel more tired than usual for several weeks.
You may be able to do many of your usual activities after 4 to 6 weeks. But you will probably need 2 to 6 months to fully recover.
You may need therapy to help you with speech, walking, and other activities that were affected by the AVM and surgery. Most of your healing will take place in the first year after surgery, but you can continue to improve after that.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery
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