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Microvascular Decompression

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is Microvascular Decompression?

Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of a cushion between an artery and a cranial nerve to relieve pressure on the nerve. The goal of MVD is to alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, or glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

Before the procedure:

Before the surgery, you will meet with your surgeon and medical team to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The MVD procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision behind the ear and create a small opening in the skull to access the affected cranial nerve. The surgeon will then place a cushion, such as a piece of Teflon, between the nerve and the artery to relieve pressure on the nerve. In some cases, the surgeon may need to remove a small portion of bone or shave the offending artery to further decompress the nerve. The incision will be closed with sutures or staples.

After the procedure:

After your surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room. You may need to stay in the hospital for several days to a week or more, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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