Hello, I’m new to this site and am writing on behalf of my boyfriend, Eric.
Prior to the discovery of his AVM, he had an acute onset of severe headaches but there was no bleeding or stroke. Due to size of Eric’s AVM (approximately 4.5 cm) initially, Gamma Knife was not an option. Instead, treatment was to perform several rounds of embollizations followed by surgery. However, after 4 rounds of embollizations over the last 5 months, his AVM has shrunk in size (approximately 2.5-3 cm). Today we met with his neurosurgeon in preparation for his surgery and discovered that Gamma Knife is now a possiblity.
His surgery is scheduled in two weeks, for April 6th. Eric is 30 years old, in relatively good health. He handled the embollizations extremely well with no bleeding or stoke.
I understand it comes down to a personal decision after weighing the options. But I would like to get some feedback on those of you who have had surgery or undergone Gamma Knife, to help us make our decision.