With high quality CAT scan, MRI, and Cerebral Angiography our team of experts can render cutting edge care for patients suffering a stroke from a blocked artery or treat brain aneurysms with both endovascular and intracranial surgery.


Brain Aneurysm

Cerebral aneurysms, or brain aneurysms, are caused by a weakness in the wall of the artery which causes a bulging of vessel.  This results in a weakness in vessel.  Symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Visual changes
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Loss of balance

Under pressure it can rupture causing bleeding to occur in and around the brain.  There are various risk factors associated with the development of an aneurysm including smoking, hypertension as well as a family history of brain aneurysm

Treatment

Endovascular: Through the use of small catheters inserted through a blood vessel in the groin doctors are able to find the aneurysm and treat it with small detachable metal coils eliminating the need for brain surgery

Craniotomy: Some aneurysms cannot be treated with endovascular techniques.  A craniotomy may be necessary.  The neurosurgeon makes an opening in the skull and through a microscope is able to locate and “clip” the neck of the aneurysm

ExtracranialIntracranial Bypass: More complicated aneurysms may not be amenable to clipping or coiling.  Thus blood flow needs to be diverted around the abnormal vessel.  The surgeon will connect a vessel from outside the skull to an artery within the skull itself.  Then the abnormal vessel can be blocked off without disrupting blood flow to normal brain.