A brain aneurysm, also known as an intracranial aneurysm or a cerebral aneurysm, is a small balloon-like spot located at the brain artery wall. Blood passes through this artery and over time creates wear and tear on the outer wall. When this happens, the artery can swell and rupture, causing blood to migrate into the area surrounding the brain.
Brain Aneurysms Explained
This is a potentially devastating disease where a bleb or outpouching in the wall of a cerebral artery thins out and can rupture causing bleeding in the brain. This is called subarachnoid hemorrhage and is a life threatening event most of the time. Therefore, our doctors are dedicated to helping patients discover if they are at risk of developing a threatening aneurysm. These are often silent killers that do not present with any warning signs. Diagnosing these lesions, intervening prior to the rupture and managing those that do survive a hemorrhage is the responsibility of our doctors. When a brain aneurysm ruptures, it typically requires immediate surgical treatment. If left untreated or not caught quickly enough, aneurysms can lead to brain damage, disability, and even death.
Brain Aneurysm Surgical Procedure
Open surgery with clipping of the neck of the aneurysm is our specialty. We are an integral part of the treatment process. Using catheter techniques, micro platinum coils of wire are inserted into the aneurysm to seal it off. Afterwards, our surgeons help manage the recovery in the ICU. Complex recovery requiring a longer hospital stay with many services are required to successfully recussitate this patient. Essentially, this is a kind of bleeding stroke and great stories of recovery are possible with a dedicated team of specialists but many people don't get to us in time or are so injured that meaningful recovery is not possible.
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