I haven’t posted in a while, and I could use your help with some of my questions. I previously had a DAVF in my occipital lobe that is now cured. I also have 3 DAVFs in my frontal lobe. We initially thought these could be treated only with Gamma Knife, as they have Pial involvement and possibly drain into my brain. After a second opinion at Barrow in Phoenix it is now being recommended that I have an embo of these fistulas followed by open brain surgery the next day. The surgeon recommends open surgery as opposed to radiation due to a bleed rate of about 15% per year. He thinks I don’t have enough time to wait the 2-3 years for the radiation to work. This MD is considered one of the best in the world for AVMs, and though I trust his opinion, I am absolutely terrified about the recovery process and possible deficits after surgery. Would any of you please describe your own recoveries after open surgery? My surgery is schedule for two weeks from today.