An brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak part of a blood vessel. It can put pressure on nerves, bleed, or break open (rupture).
A brain aneurysm can be fixed with a procedure. This procedure can prevent strokes, bleeding, and brain damage.
You may get medicine so you will be asleep during the procedure. Or you may be awake, but you will not feel pain.
The doctor first numbs an area of your groin and makes a small cut. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor uses a needle to put a small plastic tube through the incision and into a blood vessel. The tube is called a catheter. Using X-ray equipment, the doctor gently guides the catheter through the blood vessel to your brain aneurysm. Then the doctor uses a tool, such as a coil, to fill up the aneurysm or block the opening to the aneurysm. This prevents blood from getting into the aneurysm. Then the doctor removes the catheter and puts a small bandage on the incision.
Sometimes the repair does not 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.
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: September 26, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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