I (25F) was diagnosed with a 3.3cm right parietal-occipital AVM in 2010. I’ve had 3 x gamma knife surgery which sadly have been unsuccessful - in hindsight my doctors have decided that perhaps my AVM was a little big to be treated with gamma knife.
11 years later I’ve made it through all the treatments and horrific side effects and graduated medical school, I finally started work as a junior doctor last August which has proved tiring but amazing. This has also coincided with my Neurosurgeon stating that my AVM now looks unstable and my only remaining option is a craniotomy which he recommends I have done ASAP. He is an excellent man and I trust his judgement entirely but I know from my own work that often we don’t lay out the really harsh truth of surgeries to patients to avoid extreme anxiety which leads me to the following questions:
Is there anything I can do to prepare myself for surgery to aid recovery? Get in shape, lose/gain weight, prepare a hospital bag etc? I’m looking at a year long wait due to work commitments so I have time to prepare.
What can I expect by way of immediate and delayed post surgical symptoms?
How long before I’m ‘back to my normal’ and can think about going back to work?
I understand everyone’s experience is different but I’d be grateful to hear some of your experiences. Wishing you all well!