Minimally Invasive Treatment for Brain Aneurysms
An aneurysm is a bulge or sac that develops in an artery when the wall becomes weak. A ballooning aneurysm in the brain compresses the nerves and brain tissue and can result in nerve paralysis, headache, neck and upper back pain that can cause nausea. If an aneurysm ruptures, resulting in bleeding in the head, it may cause a stroke or death. Ruptured aneurysms can become life-threatening and will require medical treatment. There are many cases where brain aneurysms do not rupture or cause health problems.
Symptoms including but not limited to:
- Unusual sound in one ear (pulsating or humming)
- Neurological symptoms
- Increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
- Double vision
Sample of Risk Factors:
- Older age
- High blood pressure
- Hardening of the Arteries (Arteriosclerosis)
- Head injury
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Treatment Option for a Brain Aneurysm
Endovascular treatment is a minimally invasive procedure which inserts a hollow plastic tube (catheter) into an artery, usually in the groin and threads it through your body to the aneurysm. The treatment stops the blood flow to the aneurysm, which causes a clot that seals off the aneurysm from the artery. This is accomplished using coils which can be assisted by the use of a stent or balloon or by using a special stent called flow diverter.
Early detection is the key to prevent rupture. Our teams of doctors at Miami Vascular Specialists are some of the world's experts in all types of aneurysm repair.