The Valley Hospital neurointerventional experts have the training, expertise and technology to treat cerebral aneurysms. This condition is treated with a procedure known as coil embolization.
A cerebral aneurysm is a weak spot in a blood vessel, which oftentimes enlarges or “balloons” the blood vessel, and may cause the blood vessel to rupture, potentially leading to a brain bleed, hemorrhage, or stroke.
There are different kinds of aneurysms. The most commonly known one in the brain is the “berry-type”. There are also the “spindle-types”. Although aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, there tends to be no association with the ones in the brain to our current knowledge.
Three to 5 million people in the United States have cerebral aneurysms, most of whom are not producing any symptoms. Between 0.5 and 3 percent of people with a brain aneurysm may suffer from bleeding.
Depending on the aneurysm’s size, location and shape, it may be treatable from inside the blood vessel with a neurointerventional procedure known as coil embolization.
Newer embolization techniques have been approved by the FDA in 2011 and are performed at The Valley Hospital. The pipeline embolization device is now being used for large spindle-type aneurysms in the brain.