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An aneurysm is a bulging, weak section of a blood vessel. Sometimes aneurysms put pressure on nerves. They can also bleed or break open (rupture). A procedure can repair an aneurysm in your brain. This can prevent strokes, bleeding, and brain damage.
During the procedure, the doctor made a small cut (incision) in your groin or wrist. The doctor put a small tube (catheter) through the incision and used X-ray equipment to guide the catheter to the aneurysm in your brain. Then the doctor used a tool, such as a coil, to block the opening to the aneurysm. This prevents blood from entering the aneurysm.
You may feel tired for a few days after the procedure. You'll probably be able to return to work or your normal routine in 3 to 7 days. You may have some bruising around the incision, but you should not have much pain. If you do have pain, your doctor may recommend or prescribe pain medicines.
Your doctor will regularly check the site of your aneurysm. Some people need to have this surgery more than once.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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