Aneurysms are typically treated at one of two separate times; before a rupture or event, or as a result of a rupture or event. Your physician will consider a multitude of different factors when deciding on your particular treatment. They will evaluate your age and general health, the size and severity of the aneurysm, and any other pertinent risk factors. In general, brain aneurysm treatment breaks down into one of three basic courses of action:
•Observation – Small aneurysms simply do not often rupture, so if yours is sufficiently small, the doctor may simply recommend long-term observation, as brain surgery can often prove risky even for patients in the best of health. Your physician will clearly explain the risk factors associated with choosing to wait and see, and you may require ongoing monitoring over the long term in this case.
•Coil Embolization – In this brain aneurysm treatment, a tiny tube is inserted into the artery very close to the site of the aneurysm itself. A small coil made of metal is then inserted into the artery to reinforce it and relieve pressure in the area. This is considered the less invasive of the two surgical brain aneurysm treatment options.
•Surgical Clipping – The third form of common brain aneurysm treatment is referred to as surgical clipping. A small clip is actually placed around the site of the aneurysm in an attempt to completely isolate it from blood flow, which significantly reduces the risk of it bursting. However, this treatment is not suitable for use 100% of the time; discuss the different treatment options with your surgeon.
If you suffer from a brain aneurysm, work closely with your physician to discuss all of your possible risk factors, as well as which treatment option is the right choice given your personal circumstance.
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