A week removed from the brain surgery that will allow Thiago Alves to continue his MMA career, Alves has revealed the details of what doctors found and what they did to fix it. The short version is he had a vein and an artery too close to each other, so the doctors added superglue to separate them…seriously.
“You’ve got a vein, you’ve got an artery. A vein is low pressure; an artery is the high pressure. Once they touch inside your brain they cause bleeding, and they saw a vein and an artery were pretty close from each other, and they didn’t know if it was something that I was born with, or if it was something that happened over the years,” said Alves.
“So what they do with the angiogram is they make a small incision on my groin, and they put a catheter inside. They shoot dye all the way into my brain and with the dye they can see clearly what it is, if it’s something that needs to get fixed.”
“They put superglue between the vein and the artery. That’s what the doctors told me ‘just tell everybody you’ve got superglue in your brain right now, and you’ll be alright.’ So that’s what I’m going to tell everybody,” said Alves. “That was the procedure pretty much.”
Check that out, who would have thought the difference between the end of Thiago’s career and him fighting Jon Fitch at UFC 115 would be a drop of superglue?