A breakthrough and potentially life-saving treatment for patients with brain aneurysms is now available at The Valley Hospital. The Pipeline Embolization Device is designed to treat aneurysms that were once considered inoperable. This new minimally-invasive therapy remodels the parent artery using a flexible structure that conforms to the ruptured vessel.
Utilizing a technique known as Flow Diversion, Valley’s doctors treat large or giant wide-necked brain aneurysms by placing the Pipeline Embolization Device into the parent blood vessel rather than in the aneurysm sac.
The Pipeline Device restores original, natural blood circulation while providing permanent long-term sealing to the affected area.
During the procedure, the Pipeline Device is implanted across the aneurysm neck. The open wire mesh scaffolding-structured design of the device slows the flow of blood into the aneurysm, which allows for the diseased vessel to heal. Eventually, during the healing process, the aneurysm will be reabsorbed by the body.
The minimally-invasive technique allows patients to heal quicker and return home sooner.
See a video animation of the Pipeline Embolization Device:
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What is a Brain Aneurysm?
A brain aneurysm (also called a cerebral aneurysm or an intracranial aneurysm) is a weak area in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. The weakness is often identified by unusual ballooning or widening of the vessel. If untreated, a brain aneurysm may rupture and can oftentimes be fatal. If you or someone you know experience these signs and symptoms of a brain aneurysm, seek medical attention immediately: