The AVM Craniotomy was performed on the 21st of August 2013, they removed a piece of Ryan's skull Rt frontal lobe as big as the palm of your hand, then took out the AVM which was about 3.5 cmm and all the new recruits that came along with it that developed after the radiation he received in 2010. They then replaced the skull and held it in place with a titanium plates self tapping screws. His surgery lasted about 11 hours and was woken up that same day. The only immediate side effect from the surgery was slight palsy on the left side of his face (he literally can minimally smile on the Right side of his face). The best day was when the surgeon told us he is now cured of AVM. He is not even a week post surgery. we have alot of recovery yet ahead of us. However ,staples were removed yesterday Monday, August 26, 2013. In addition Monday August 26, 2013 was the 4th anniversary of first learning that he had an AVM . We find this quite serendipitous because on this 4 year anniversary Ryan is completely AVM free.
Rana , Ryans Mom