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UFC's Pitbull

Very Brainy

After Surgery

3/31/2010 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC's Pitbull -- Very Brainy After SurgeryOperating room spies tell TMZ Thiago Alves just underwent an 8 hour operation to separate an artery from a vein in his brain.

Dana White tells TMZ the operation -- in a New York City hospital -- was a complete success and Pitbull's first words ... "When can I start training again?"

Dana's answer ... a couple of weeks.

We're told Pitbull will be in ICU for the next two days.


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1.

oh yeah    

seperate an artery from a vein!!!!! you'all sure

1606 days ago
2.

Angela    

my question is could of this been caused from his fighting?

1606 days ago
3.

Ryan    

Great news!

But I am surprised by two MMA stories on TMZ.com.

I guess the sport is getting more popular, but is that a good thing........

1606 days ago
4.

Jenny    

Tina Fey deserved her scar and she is reminded every day of it. Karma Tina Fey, Karma will get you every time. God put that ugly scar on your face and you know why.

1606 days ago
5.

Dave    

They're referring to an artertiovenous malformation, or AVM. The arteries join directly into veins without having the normal intervening capillary network. Without having the capillaries to dampen the high pressure from the arterial side, the veinous side receives more pressure than they it's designed to handle. AVMs are the most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke in people under the age of 30. He's lucky that his was discovered incidentally.

1606 days ago
6.

London not England    

HOT BOY!~!

1606 days ago
7.

oh yeah    

thanks for the information ERdoc
u a real one?

1606 days ago
8.

barb    

Now he can recover and heal, get back to training, then back in the ring to get his brains scrambled some more.

1606 days ago
9.

marge    

Tell me this is a joke? TWO FREAKING WEEKS!?!?!?!? Athletes with only concussions are instructed to sit out longer than that!!!!

1606 days ago
10.

Mikey    

They put a squirrels brain in his head during the operation and now he's a little smarter.

1606 days ago
11.

Dave    

You're welcome, ok.

Yes, I'm a real one. :)

1606 days ago
12.

Tony    

Operating room spies? Really? Well, that's a low.

1606 days ago
13.

me    

4. Jane,

You believe a 5-year-old deserves to be slashed in the face. That's sick. What's wrong with you?

1606 days ago
14.

oh yeah    

there is a constant tension over my left eye. i wonder if tht could be my problem.

1606 days ago
15.

French Open Fan    

I'm shocked he has a brain, let alone the fact that there is a working vein and artery in it.

1606 days ago
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