Brain AVM care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and other specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide expert, individualized care to every person with brain AVM. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist.

Close collaboration enables the team to have your test results available quickly and to coordinate all necessary appointments. Evaluation and treatment that might take weeks elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Your Mayo Clinic care team will take the time to explain and discuss all your treatment options. The team will develop a whole-person treatment plan based on the location and size of the AVM, your risk of complications and your overall health.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Stereotactic radiosurgery for brain AVM teamwork at Mayo Clinic

An accurate diagnosis is critical for making appropriate treatment decisions. Doctors who are skilled and experienced in all AVM treatment options are the key to successful patient outcomes.

At Mayo Clinic, your AVM care team will have the experience and knowledge to make accurate diagnoses and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

People with AVM at Mayo Clinic will experience:

  • A tailored examination. Mayo Clinic specialists perform a thorough exam of each person that is tailored to the person's specific symptoms and condition. This results in a more accurate diagnosis compared with the typical neurological exam.
  • Advanced imaging studies. MRIs and other types of brain imaging are crucial to effective treatment. Mayo Clinic neuroradiologists devote their careers to evaluating brain conditions. This deep experience results in more accurate imaging and interpretation.
  • Expert treatment. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons have pioneered surgical techniques for AVM as well as noninvasive stereotactic radiosurgery. With this expertise in surgery and noninvasive treatment as well as in embolization and watchful waiting, the AVM team at Mayo Clinic provides people the widest range of treatment options available.

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge and innovations for people with AVMs. Today's research teams are studying potential treatments, including new surgical options, innovations in imaging technology and better ways to predict risk of hemorrhage in people with AVMs. A variety of clinical trials and other clinical studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive expertise and experience in treating brain arteriovenous malformations and other brain and nervous system conditions (neurological conditions). Doctors evaluate and treat more than 300 people with brain arteriovenous malformations and other vascular abnormalities affecting the brain each year.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic experts provide comprehensive care for more than 300 people with brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and other vascular abnormalities affecting the brain each year.

  • Teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and other specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide expert, individualized care to every person with brain AVM. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist.

    Close collaboration enables the team to have your test results available quickly and to coordinate all necessary appointments.

  • Diagnostic tools. MRIs and other types of brain imaging are crucial to effective treatment. Mayo Clinic neuroradiologists devote their careers to evaluating brain conditions. This deep experience results in more accurate imaging and interpretation.
  • The latest techniques and technology. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons have pioneered surgical techniques for AVM as well as noninvasive stereotactic radiosurgery. With this expertise in surgery and noninvasive treatment as well as in embolization and watchful waiting, the AVM team at Mayo Clinic provides people the widest range of treatment options available.
  • Nationally recognized expertise. Mayo Clinic's neurology and neurosurgery program has earned a national reputation as a top treatment center. The program is recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment and patient care as well as for its advanced research into improved treatments.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 11, 2017
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