An brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak part of a blood vessel. It can put pressure on nerves, 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 will get medicine so you will be asleep during the surgery. To do the surgery, the doctor uses special tools to make cuts in your scalp and through the bone of your skull. These cuts are called incisions. The doctor then places a tiny metal clip over the weak part of the blood vessel. This stops the flow of blood. Next, the doctor uses small metal plates and clamps to put the piece of your skull back. Then the doctor closes the incisions with stitches or staples. The incisions leave scars that fade with time.
After the surgery, you will 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. If you operate machinery at work, you will 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 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.
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 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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