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A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak part of a blood vessel. It can put pressure on nerves. And it can bleed or break open (rupture).
A brain aneurysm can be fixed with a procedure. This procedure can prevent strokes, bleeding, and brain damage.
The doctor makes a cut in your groin or wrist and inserts a small plastic tube (a catheter) through the cut. The doctor gently guides the catheter through the blood vessel to the brain aneurysm. Then the doctor uses a tool, such as a coil, to fill up or block the opening to the aneurysm. This prevents blood from getting into the aneurysm. Then the doctor removes the catheter.
You may get medicine so you will be asleep during the procedure. Or you may be awake, but you will not feel pain.
You will probably stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days. You may be able to go back to work or your usual routine in 3 to 7 days. But it could take 1 month to fully recover.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: December 19, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz MD - Neurology
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