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Microvascular Decompression Surgery

Microvascular Decompression Surgery

  • Are you awaiting Microvascular Decompression (MVD) surgery and are unsure of what to expect?
  • Have you been experiencing balance difficulties or dizziness before or after having MVD surgery?
  • Were you aware that some people experience new symptoms of vertigo, dizziness or imbalance after MVD surgery?
  • Have you been advised that you have trigeminal neuralgia or hemi-facial spasm and have you noticed balance difficulties or dizziness?

Microvascular Decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure aimed at relieving pressure on one of your cranial nerves caused by neighbouring blood vessels. Surgery is required to relieve pressure on the specific nerve that is being affected. People can experience a range of symptoms – pain, spasm, facial ‘pins and needles’, numbness and weakness, abnormal eye movements, dizziness or problems with balancing or focusing, when turning your head or body.

While many people experience relief from their symptoms of facial, throat or neck pain and discomfort after surgery, some people find that they develop new symptoms after surgery. While not a lot is understood about how common these symptoms are, our experience is that they are not uncommon, and it’s best not to leave them untreated.

Possible Symptoms After Surgery

  • New or increased vertigo or dizziness
  • New or increased balance difficulties
  • New facial numbness/weakness, hearing loss or difficulties with chewing, swallowing or tongue movement after surgery

How can we Help?

An assessment by a specially trained Vestibular Physiotherapist prior to surgery, can help to establish your baseline symptoms, prepare you for surgery and help you to better understand your condition.

Even if you didn’t see a vestibular physiotherapist prior to surgery, a follow-up assessment after surgery can be very helpful, especially if you have ongoing or new symptoms. Your physiotherapist will listen carefully to your medical and surgical history and use a variety of objective tests (including the latest technologies such as Video Head Impulse testing or Infra-red goggles) to establish how your body systems are functioning after surgery. If you were assessed prior to surgery, your physiotherapist will compare your pre- and post-surgery results.

Your physiotherapist will interpret their findings, and help you to understand what’s normal after surgery. They’ll advise whether follow-up with your medical specialist might be beneficial. Your physiotherapist will prescribe exercises specific to your needs and goals, administer treatments if indicated, and monitor your symptoms over time.

Our Connected Care Approach

With our unique ‘Connected Care’ approach, our team will expertly help you to prepare for your surgery, provide you with physiotherapy during your hospital stay, and while you heal and return to normal activity after surgery. You can connect with your physio in hospital, in our clinics and during our online video consultations.

What Should I Expect From my Appointment?

  • Detailed Interview: This helps us to gain a full understanding of your symptoms and medical and surgical history.
  • Physical Assessment: We assess your body, head and eye movements and vestibular reflexes, using the latest technology. This enables us to accurately assess your symptoms and develop a customised treatment plan for you.
  • Targeted Treatments: We help you to understand your condition and the surgery and, where appropriate, will use specialised treatment methods to manage your symptoms.
  • Progressive Exercise Program: We teach you exercises targeted to manage your specific symptoms, as well as to build strength, endurance, coordination and balance, in line with your exercise goals.
  • Communication and Collaboration with your Surgeon and / or other specialist; and your General Practitioner, to keep them informed of your progress and to support your care.

Where can I see my Physiotherapist?

On this page

In Clinic

Online Video Appointments

Web & Mobile App

Private Gymnasium