Brain Aneurysm Surgery
In the most critical situations like brain aneurysm, surgery is required to prevent fatal outcomes and restore normal activity of patient. Therefore, the operation should be performed by skilled and experienced surgeons only. Want to find a clinic you may trust? Find out how brain aneurysm surgery in Germany is performed, and why the Clinic of Braunsweig is a perfect choice.
What is brain aneurysm?
Brain aneurysm takes place when walls of blood vessels become too thin, and tear up, letting blood out. Most cases of aneurysm come unnoticed, because a person has no symptoms of vessel rupture. If aneurysm is not treated, it can lead to brain damage or stroke. Thin vessels that haven’t ruptured yet, but may cause brain aneurysm, are repaired as soon as possible.
Symptoms of brain aneurysm
If a blood vessel becomes too thin, or too weak, it can rupture any time causing bleeding and stroke. Thus, an aneurysm that has not ruptures yet is a serious medical condition. Before rupture, a person can experience headache, pain in neck or eyes, or no unpleasant sensations at all. This is why it is important to visit a doctor and go through an MRI or CT scan to find out whether there’s any risk. Generally, signs and symptoms of brain aneurysm appear after it has just ruptured, and these include:
- strong headache;
- double vision;
- difficulty with speech;
- drooping eyelids;
- numbness of body parts;
- weakness in muscles.
Note that not all brain aneurysms are emergency. Vessels smaller than 3 mm are not likely to break, so they aren’t operated.
When surgery is required?
First and foremost, emergency medical treatment is needed when an aneurysm ruptures causing bleeding, brain defects and, potentially – death. In this case, endovascular repair is performed. Besides, brain aneurysm surgery is performed when a person was diagnosed with unbroken aneurysm with the help of MRI or CT scan. Small aneurysms that have never bled are not operated. But if thin vessel is big enough, a doctor may decide to block it off before it breaks. Surgeon may also perform an operation just to check vessels.
Description of brain aneurysm surgeries
There are 2 basic types of invasive treatment of brain aneurysm:
- Clipping (performed during open craniotomy). During aneurysm clipping, a person gets general anesthesia and lies with a breathing tube. A surgeon opens the skull to access brain, he or she puts a metal clip on the base of vessel to prevent its rupture.
- Endovascular repair (mesh tubes are used) requires less invasion. In the beginning, patient is also given general anesthesia and a breathing tube. Sometimes person is not put asleep – relax medications are given instead. A surgeon inserts a catheter in patient’s groin, then to an artery that leads to blood vessel where thin artery is located. Using a contrast material injected in the catheter, a surgeon can see arteries and the aneurysm better. Tiny metal wires are inserted into the aneurysm, then they are turned to form a coil. Blood clots located around the metal mesh do not let aneurysm from breaking. In some cases, mesh tubes are inserted to keep the coils in place. Prior to, and after the procedure, a person is given heparin that prevents blood clotting.
It is important to follow all doctor’s recommendations strictly. Before the procedure, you should stop drinking and smoking, and find out which medications should and should not be taken. After the operation, it is important visit doctors to go through follow-up examinations and analyses. In the Clinic of Braunsweig, surgeons do their best to ensure safety and total effectiveness of operations.
Brain tumor surgery has some certain risks such as:
- Bleeding around the brain and clots;
- Swelling of brain;
- Infection of brain, skull or scalp;
- Strokes and seizures.
If some part of brain was affected, it may cause problems with memory, language, muscle tonus, vision, movements and coordination, balance, etc. Such problems may last for a while, but some never go away. If there are some neurological problems, they can manifest into changes of behavior, confusion, difficulty with concentration, vision problems, weakness, numbness, loss of coordination and balance.
Choose treatment in Germany
If you were diagnosed with brain aneurysm, do not hesitate and visit the Clinic of Braunsweig. This is the place where you will get top-notch medical assistance for reasonable cost. Why we recommend going through brain aneurysm surgery in Germany?
First, price of diagnosis and treatment in German clinics is lower than in some European countries and the USA. The same applies to transportation: a flight to Germany is worth $100 for European residents, while one-way ticket to the States will be five times more expensive. Besides, German clinics are equipped with state-of-art devices and medical technics.
The Clinic of Braunsweig is the place where patients get due care and high-quality medical treatment.