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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).
One way to fix a brain aneurysm is with a surgery called clipping. This surgery can prevent strokes, bleeding, and brain damage.
You'll get medicine so you'll be asleep during the surgery. Part of your head may be shaved. The doctor makes cuts through your skull. The doctor puts a clip over the aneurysm. This stops the blood flow. The cuts in your skull are then closed.
After the surgery, you may stay in the hospital for 3 to 10 days. You will probably feel very tired for several weeks. You may also have headaches or problems concentrating. To fully recover, it can take 4 to 8 weeks.
Most people need to take at least 4 weeks off from work. But it depends on your job. For example, if you operate machinery at work, you may not be able to do that for 3 months.
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 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.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz MD - Neurology
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