Hi to All,
I was diagnosed with a small AVM on the left cerebellum when I had a bleed from an aneurysm that was close to the AVM. They coiled the aneurysm while I was in the hospital and sent me home to recover. I have recovered and the doctor has given me 3 choices of what I can do with the AVM. (nothing, gamma knife, or surgery) They do not "think" it was the AVM that bled.....they believe it was the aneurysm, but not 100% positive. They do not recommend doing nothing. However, it is very hard to even think about going through such a intense surgery that might leave me with problems when I am feeling great right now. **I really do NOT want to do the gamma knife. Radiation really scares me. So, here is what I want to know.
**How horrible is the recovery of surgery....and the chances of a bleed?
**Would it be a really bad choice to do nothing?
**It will probably NOT be embolized (sp?) before surgery since it is very difficult to get to from an arteriogram.......and is that a good thing?
***My AVM is considered to be very small.
I am pretty much petrified since I was 2 weeks in the hospital from the bleed, and quite close to death during the whole ordeal.
thank you for any input you can give!!