The USZ offers several treatment options for DAVF:
- Endovascular embolization: The most common treatment is endovascular embolization. In this minimally invasive procedure, we access and treat the malformation over the arteries and veins. During the procedure, we insert plastic tubes (catheters) through the femoral artery and vein and guide them into the vessels affected by DAVF. We then inject embolization agents through the tubes or introduce material that occludes the vessels of the malformation.
- Neurosurgical treatment: In some cases, it is possible to occlude the DAVF neurosurgically.
- Conservative treatment: In certain cases, conservative treatment (without surgery) is preferred. We select this option after thoroughly weighing the risks of disease versus the risks/success of invasive treatment.