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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 the groin area and inserts a small plastic tube (a catheter) through the cut. The doctor guides the catheter into your brain and fixes the aneurysm.
You may get medicine so you will be asleep during the procedure. Or you may be awake, but you will not feel pain.
Sometimes the repair doesn't work on the first try. If this happens, the doctor may put a tiny tube into the blood vessel near the aneurysm. This tube is called a stent. A stent can help the doctor do another procedure days or weeks later.
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.
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.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
Having a procedure 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: March 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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