What is Microvascular Decompression (MVD)?

Category: Surgeries

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Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure that relieves abnormal compression of a cranial nerve. It is performed to treat trigeminal neuralgia, vagoglossopharyngeal neuralgia, and hemifacial spasm. These conditions are often caused by an artery or vein compressing the nerve root.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Trigeminal neuralgia 5 2
Trigeminal neuralgia 4 1
Chronic pain syndrome 1 1
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia 1 0
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia 1 0
Migraine 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Microvascular Decompression (MVD)

Side effect Patients
Numbness in face 2
Bleeding (hemorrhage) 1
Blurry vision 1
Bruising 1
Choking on liquids 1
Double vision (diplopia) 1

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Why patients stopped taking Microvascular Decompression (MVD)

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Reason Patients
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped having Microvascular Decompression (MVD)

Duration

Stopped having Microvascular Decompression (MVD)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 2
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Microvascular Decompression (MVD).