Microvascular decompression

ENDOSCOPIC MICROVASCULAR DECOMPRESSION


A minimally invasive procedure to relieve neurovascual nerve compression

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About microvascular decompression

Microvascular decompression is a procedure which aims to relieve pressure from an artery on a cranial nerve — nerves which enter and leave the brain stem directly and pass through the skull base. The procedure treats a range of neurovascular compression syndromes, including:

Need to know

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a small hole in the skull behind the ear. An endoscope (camera) will be then be passed through it. The camera on the endoscope allows your surgeon to view the nerves as they leave the brainstem without the need for a large incision or retraction.

Once the blood vessels compressing the nerves have been identified, the surgeon will separate the nerve and blood vessels using long instruments. This will release (decompresses) the nerve. The area will sealed and the muscles and skin sutured back together.

Your neurosurgeon will explain your procedure to you and answer any questions you might have.Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. You may also be asked to attend a nurse-led pre-assessment clinic.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

After your microvascular decompression procedure, you'll be transferred to our recovery ward, where youll be looked after by a specialist team. Your neurosurgeon will explain your recovery time to you and when you can expect to get back to your usual routine.

Microvascular decompression Consultants

Mr Nicholas Thomas

Mr Nicholas Thomas

Neurosurgery

Mr Sinan Barazi

Mr Sinan Barazi

Neurosurgery

Mr Jonathan Hyam

Mr Jonathan Hyam

Neurosurgery

Dr. Kit Wu

Dr. Kit Wu

Neurology

Our Microvascular decompression locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
A specialist centre for medical and surgical neurological conditions

A specialist centre for medical and surgical neurological conditions

8A Wellington Road NW8 9LE London

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