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A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel of the brain. Unruptured aneurysms don’t always cause symptoms. However, if this blood vessel does rupture, the result can be a hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding in the brain.
Surgeons used to use “open” surgery to treat aneurysms, meaning the skull was opened up to expose the brain. With the expertise of our cerebrovascular surgeon, we use the latest technology to treat aneurysms.
We offer a minimally invasive approach that involves smaller incisions and faster recovery.
Brain Aneurysm Care: Why Choose Memorial Healthcare System?
At our facilities, you will find:
- Experienced neurosurgeons: Cerebrovascular surgery is a highly specialized field. Having so much expertise under one roof is unique. At Memorial Healthcare System, we have a cerebrovascular surgeon who specializes in stent surgery for brain aneurysms.
- Leading research: Our neurointerventional surgery team participates in a high volume of clinical trials. Because of this, we are among the first to implement new technologies and treatment options, such as stent surgery for brain aneurysms. This procedure significantly reduces your risk of stroke and can be performed on both ruptured and unruptured aneurysms.
- Timely treatment: In addition to advanced emergency care from our nationally recognized stroke centers, we offer same-day appointments for new brain aneurysm diagnoses. Learning that you have an aneurysm can be scary. We’re here to put your mind at ease by finding a treatment plan right away.
- A focus on you: We know how difficult a brain aneurysm can be. From the moment you step foot in one of our facilities, we give you and your family a clear point-of-contact. This person is here to support you and your family throughout your treatment and recovery.
- Comprehensive services: When you undergo neurosurgery or interventional neuroradiology with Memorial Healthcare System, you won’t need to go anywhere else for rehabilitation or follow-up care. We offer the full spectrum of brain aneurysm services, including neuro rehabilitation to help you during your surgery recovery.
Brain Aneurysms Overview
Brain aneurysms are small bulges in blood vessels. They can appear to be the size and shape of a berry. There is no specific known cause of an aneurysm.
However, there are some factors that can affect a person’s risk.
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- Age: Aneurysms are more common in adults than in children.
- Sex: Females are more likely to develop an aneurysm than males.
- Lifestyle choices: Heavy alcohol or drug use can increase risk, as can cigarette smoking.
- Family history: People who have a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, who has had a brain aneurysm have a higher risk.
- Health conditions: In particular, high blood pressure is a risk factor.
While many aneurysms don’t cause symptoms, as the aneurysm grows, it may press on surrounding tissue and cause some discomfort. Signs of an aneurysm could include:
- Dilated pupils
- Pain behind the eyes
- Numbness in one side of the face
- Seeing double
Stent Surgery: What to Expect
To treat a brain aneurysm, our surgeon implants small stent-like devices (small, soft mesh tubes) that direct blood flow away from aneurysms. Surgeons place stents in an artery or blood vessel to improve blood flow. The stents help to direct the blood away from the aneurysm, decreasing the chances of a rupture.
Stent surgery takes less time than other options, is safer and significantly reduces the risk of stroke. Stent treatment can even be used for aneurysms that have already ruptured.
As a minimally invasive procedure, stent surgeries promote the benefits of:
- Less blood loss
- Faster recovery
- Decreased pain
Comprehensive Stroke Care
When a cerebral aneurysm ruptures, the resulting bleeding is called a hemorrhagic stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage. If a stroke occurs, Memorial Healthcare System offers advanced emergency stroke care.
Memorial Healthcare System has Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers and a Primary Stroke Center. To achieve certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, health systems must:
- Offer advanced imaging
- Use the most innovative treatment options
- Have a dedicated neurocritical care unit
- Treat a high volume of patients
- Participate in the latest research
Call us today to schedule a new appointment or follow-up visit at 954-265-9500.