A brain aneurysm, also called a cerebral aneurysm, is a bulging or ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain. In most cases patients will not have symptoms or health problems, because most don’t rupture. However, a ruptured aneurysm does require immediate medical care and can be life-threatening.
At the CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, our neurosurgeons have skills in highly complex vascular aneurysm surgery. The two common procedures for a ruptured brain aneurysm are:
- Surgical clipping involves the neurosurgeon closing the rupture by placing a metal clip on the neck of the aneurysm. This will stop the blood flow that feeds the aneurysm.
- Endovascular coiling is a less invasive procedure. The surgeon inserts a catheter into an artery, usually in your groin, and threads a soft wire through your body into the aneurysm causing the blood to clot. This will effectively seal off the aneurysm from the artery.
- Endovascular coiling is less invasive and has a quicker recovery time. However, with this option additional procedures may be necessary.
When you come to the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute our neurosurgeons will work with you and thoroughly analyze your condition to determine the best procedure to treat your aneurysm. Your overall health, age and the size and location of the aneurysm will factor into which procedure is best for you.
Contact us today if you have additional questions or would like more information about our treatment of brain aneurysms.