[Neuroscience] Re: Recovering from AVM surgery?

John H. j_hasenkam at yahoo.com.au
Mon Aug 21 13:57:07 EST 2006

Thanks Mitch.

Some basic facts and no promises:

People with high iq, particularly combined with determination, will
generally have a much better outcome than the norms in brain injury

Any sort of cns trauma can induce global effects throughout the brain.
Given the lack of evidence of specific trauma that you mention below,
well that's better than the contrary but can't be taken as definitive.
Still a good sign though.

Cerebral trauma of most kinds can generate global responses that will
take time to change.

There have been some remarkable recoveries, but no promises. I suggest
you start looking around the net for some resources and thinking about
finding a local support group, the hospital will probably be helping in
that regard anyway. I've had brain injury myself and it took me many
years to recover. So be patient. Remember this: repeated studies have
demonstrated that psychosocial factors play a fundamentally important
role in the recovery phase of brain injury. Also: Be very careful with
stress levels for her because stress(not effort!) can seriously impair

There are many people on this forum contributing towards a greater
understanding of the brain but I'm not one of them. In general medicine
is moving so quickly that treatments are improving at remarkable rates.
eg. Ed Taub's "constraint induced movement therapy" is a classic
example of a very unusual but highly effective approach to helping
stroke victims.

Best of luck to you,


mitch at mbsoundworks.com wrote:
> John H, whoever you are, I can't imagine a better and more concise
> response.
> In some way, you were very encouraging in a situation that could not be
> in any measurable way encouraged.
> You have a way with words.
> My wife, a brilliant woman who is an executive with a Fortune 500
> company, is stooped over a walker, wears an eyepatch, and her speech is
> barely comprehensible.
> The angios and MRI/MRA's show no event whatsoever.  We're told that it
> could be that her cerebellum is "stunned" from the surgery, since her
> symptoms seem to be global.
> I've obviously wandered into the wrong forum.
> But I want to say, based on what I've seen during my time at
> Northwestern, you people are amazing,
> Your diligent study contributes so much to cases like my wife's.  What
> did we have 50 years ago?  What will we have 50 years from now?

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