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Arteriovenous Malformation Treatment in Philadelphia

An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) diagnosis can be unsettling. You likely have questions and concerns about the best course of action.

At Philadelphia CyberKnife, we understand the emotional and physical challenges you face.

Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support every step of the way, offering the most advanced treatment available

What is Arteriovenous Malformation?

An arteriovenous malformation is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels in the body. Arteries normally carry oxygen-rich blood, while veins return oxygen-depleted blood.

In an AVM, arteries and veins connect directly, bypassing tiny vessels called capillaries that deliver oxygen to tissues.  This disrupts normal blood flow and can cause various health issues.

Common Risk Factors for Arteriovenous Malformation

While the exact cause of arteriovenous malformations remains unknown, certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing one. These factors can range from genetics to underlying medical conditions. 

  • Being born with it: AVMs are present at birth in most cases. The exact cause of why they develop is unknown. 
  • Family history: In rare cases, AVMs can run in families. However, it’s not entirely clear if there’s a specific genetic risk factor for AVMs themselves.
  • Sex: Males are more likely to have AVMs than females. 
  • Age: While AVMs can occur at any age, they are most commonly diagnosed in people under 30.
  • Underlying medical conditions: Pre-existing conditions like aneurysms, cavernomas, and Moyamoya are associated with AVMs.

Why the CyberKnife Leads the Way in AVM Treatment

The biggest challenge for people with arteriovenous malformations lies in their location. AVMs can form anywhere in the body, but they’re particularly concerning when they develop in the brain or spine. Traditional surgical removal of AVMs in these areas carries significant risks due to the delicate nature of the surrounding tissue. 

Here’s where the CyberKnife technology shines. This innovative radiosurgery technique offers a non-invasive and highly precise way to treat AVMs.  This precision allows for the treatment of AVMs in even the most critical locations, offering a significant advantage over traditional surgery.

Benefits of the CyberKnife in AVM Care 

  • Unmatched Precision: The CyberKnife utilizes robotic technology to deliver high-dose radiation with pinpoint accuracy, directly targeting your AVM while safeguarding surrounding healthy tissues. This precision is crucial for treating AVMs in delicate areas like the brain or spine.
  • Non-Invasive and Safe: The CyberKnife is non-invasive, leading to less discomfort, quicker recovery, and faster return to daily activities. By avoiding surgical incisions and minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue, it offers a lower risk of complications compared to traditional AVM treatments.
  • Outpatient Convenience: Receive treatment in a comfortable outpatient setting, allowing you to return home after each session. Maintain your normal routine and spend more time with loved ones during your AVM treatment journey.
  • Faster Treatment Course: The CyberKnife typically requires fewer treatment sessions compared to traditional radiation therapy (5 vs. 45). This translates to less time spent undergoing treatment and more time living your life.

Why Choose Philadelphia CyberKnife 

Collaborative Expertise: Our team brings together specialists from various fields to ensure every aspect of your treatment is expertly managed, enhancing the quality and coordination of your care through a collaborative approach.

Successful Outcomes: Philadelphia CyberKnife boasts a proven track record of successful treatments and positive patient outcomes, reflecting our commitment to excellence and the trust countless patients have placed in us.

Dedication to Safety: We adhere to the highest safety standards in all our procedures. Our rigorous protocols and continuous monitoring ensure you receive safe and effective treatment.

Convenient Care: Located in Philadelphia, we offer easy access to world-class cancer care, eliminating the need for long-distance travel. Philadelphia CyberKnife is here to provide the care you need, when you need it.

Start Your AVM Treatment Today 

At Philadelphia CyberKnife, we understand the uncertainty that comes with an AVM diagnosis. Our state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care team are here to provide you with effective treatment options tailored to your needs.

Reach out today to schedule a consultation. Let us help you navigate this journey with confidence, providing answers and support every step of the way.



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Age 35

The average age of diagnosis for an AVM is 35.

≈ 80%

The 5-year survival rate for patients with AVMs is around 80%.