AVM or arteriovenous malformations require skilled medical intervention to prevent serious complications like hemorrhages and strokes from occurring. Acadiana Neurosurgery offers different treatment options using state-of-the-art technology to help patients in Lafayette, Louisiana, get the most appropriate treatment for optimal results.
AVM stands for arteriovenous malformation, a lesion composed of tangled blood vessels that form in the brain or the spine. These blood vessels can vary in size and provide at least one direct connection between arteries (vessels that carry blood away from the heart) and veins (vessels that carry blood back to the heart). Usually, the connection between arteries and veins is made via tiny vessels called capillaries that help regulate pressure inside the vessels. Without capillaries, blood flow is much more forceful and more rapid than normal. The walls of these tangled vessels tend to be very weak and more prone to rupture, causing hemorrhages and strokes.
Most AVMs cause few or no symptoms unless a serious event like a stroke occurs. However, some AVMs can cause symptoms like:
When an asymptomatic AVM is discovered during imaging tests performed for an unrelated condition or issue, observation may be recommended along with patient education to help patients recognize subtle symptoms that may develop later. AVMs that cause symptoms must be treated with surgery using one of three approaches:
At Acadiana Neurosurgery, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We will be happy to submit a claim for our services to these plans as well as Medicare, with which we are a participating provider. Please remember that insurance is only a method of reimbursing the patient for fees paid to the doctor – it is not a substitute for payment. Some insurance companies pay fixed allowances for certain procedures and others pay a percentage of the charge. It is your responsibility to pay any deductible, co-insurance or any balance not paid by your insurance company. We do accept Visa, American Express and MasterCard for your convenience.
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